Produce Application

Spanish Angel Farms

Owner: Richard Johnson

Address:
504 Cass Rd
Niangua, MO 65713
Webster County

daytime phone: (512) 576-5432
evening phone: (512) 567-7718

Application Date: 2019-10-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Founded in 2015, Spanish Angel Farms is a 92 acre woodland farm in Niangua, Missouri, created with the intent of becoming a Certified Naturally Grown and Certified Organic farm emphasizing sustainable practices. Spanish Angel Farms is currently producing shiitake mushrooms with an inventory of 300 oak mushroom logs and has an initial installation of 100 elderberry plants that will produce berries in the summer of 2020. The focus of this business plan is the expansion of both our mushroom log inventories and the number of acres planted in elderberry. Our philosophy is consistent with organically grown and certified organically grown practices of not using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Through Springfield Community Gardens

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/2 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
92 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0
Fruit Crops:
.5 acres
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
91.5 acres
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
mushrooms
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *











Please Specify Other Markets:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
at the moment, by hand
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We grow grass (naturally grown) between elderberry rows The rest of the property is wooded or mowed grass.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm from food scraps
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
1 wheelbarrow load per .5 acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Organic Chicken manure - bagged - store bought Organic Turkey manure - bagged - store bought
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
2 - 50lb bag for 100 plants
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
no
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s. *
Organic Azomite - 2 - 50lbs - bags for 100 plants
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
no
Describe your primary weed problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual weed challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
seasonal weeds that grown naturally in our area. Our elderberry rows have a black weed barrier. The weeds that come through the barrier are hand picked and discarded. The grassy weeds that grow between the rows are mowed.
Describe your primary insect challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
We have not, as of yet, used control methods for insect pests. We did try to hand pick the Japanese beetles and crush them, but this is not a method that we will pursue. We plan to use organic pesticides to control Japanese beetles, spotted winged drosophila, and elderberry borer beetle as needed.
Describe your primary disease challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Potential diseases are tomato ring spot, leaf and stem spots, and powdery mildew. We will use organic pesticides to control these diseases as needed.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
There is a spring fed creek that runs in front of the elderberry field. We have a water ram pump inside the running creek. This pump fills the six 55gal drum with water. The water, stored in the drums, is used to water the plants. In the event that the water drums are empty, then we will use the well water from our property.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
no

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
River Hills Harvest https://www.riverhillsharvest.com Bob McCord - Norman, Arkansas
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
We will seek documentation now.
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
We are seeking documentation to confirm with River Hills Harvest as to the purchased transplants.
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
no
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
Please describe your buffer. Be as specific as possible. On all sides, how far is it from your crops to the next closest use (road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Be sure to specify what is grown on neighboring land that is in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from the road, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
We have 500 yards of woodland forest around the field.

Agreements

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that produce not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
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