Produce Application

BroxonBerry

Owner: AMBER BROXON

Address:
5359 W 700 N-90
Markle, IN 46770-9703
Huntington County

daytime phone: (260) 530-6812

Application Date: 2020-03-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe in providing clean, high quality produce to the local community.
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? *
We saw it in a local grocery store.

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: *
1/2 acre
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/4 acre
Fruit Crops:
1/4 acre
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
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: *
We use tillage to initially break ground on a new plot, then implement no-till methods with tarps and broadforking moving forward.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
A local landscaping company that makes their compost, plus we use our chickens for composting.
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". *
2-3"
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Our own chickens
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". *
light dusting
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
late fall, early winter
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. *
none
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. *
Thistle, dandelion, pigweed, native grass, and lambsquarters. We use landscape fabric and silage tarps for covering areas. Exposed areas are managed with no-till methods and regular wire weeding.
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. *
Cucumber beetle, squash bug, japanese beetle, cabbage looper moth, and hornworm. We use neem oil, DE, lures, and physically picking them off the plant. During first emergence of pest, neem is applied daily and DE at base of plants right at first sight of pest.
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. *
Powdery mildew, we remove the plant if it gets too bad. We also plant them to avoid downwind contamination. Early blight, we maintain intensive pruning practices on tomatoes. Bacterial diseases in squashes, we remove the plant after it dies.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Our well
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. *
We buy about 70% of our seeds through Johnny's. Of that 70% most of those are the organic seeds that they offer. I did this so we could be compliant with CNG. The other roughly 30% we purchase through Seed Savers.
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? *
purchase and then mix
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Miracle Grow Organics (feathermeal, soybean meal, bone meal, sulfate of potash) and Expert Gardener Potting Mix (compost, forest products, sphagnum peat moss, peat, processed softwood bark, perlite)
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. *
n/a
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
We are surrounded by conventional farms. I have no idea what they use.
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. *
To the west, we have another property and a road between us and a field. To the south is another road. To the north we have what we determined to be a safe distance against runoff into our planted beds. The closest plants are in a protected greenhouse. To the east is the rest of our personal property where we apply no chemicals or sprays to the lawn. West: 1.5 acres and a road East: another 1.5 acres and a barn in between. South: .5 acre with row of trees North: This is the side that is closest to the field. Our Caterpillar tunnels are located here. There is about 45 feet to 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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
We strive for better produce than you can buy in supermarkets. What we often tell our customers at the farmers market when asked if we spray is, "If I don't want to eat chemicals, I'm not going to make you eat them."