Produce Application

Crated Earth Farm

Owner: Shane Convery

Address:
9545 McKean Rd.
Willis, MI 48191
Washtenaw County

Mailing Address:
11515 Wilson
Belleville, MI 48111

daytime phone: (734) 250-1402
Web site: http://facebook.com/Crated-Earth-Farm-296325017440376/?eid=ARB9KJ1jJGFUmXFUVxOQnMNFB7Jsqv181GnsNSZz7vp4oJ8O_o0MHN3IVB0KRnmrYOtkcX9Q-sQZIXQM

Application Date: 2020-01-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe that food can be sustainably grown without pesticides or fertilizers. We engage in direct to consumer sales, and consequently get to know our customer base. While the great majority of our customers take us at our word, many would love a certification to verify our growing methods. Organic certification is cost prohibitive for our size and doesn't mean what it used to. With its reasonable price and growing recognition, we think that CNG is the right certification for our farm.
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 heard about CNG from customers and other growers who are also looking for an alternative to organic.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.875
Fruit Crops:
0.125
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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 till once per year to a maximum depth of 3 inches.
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.): *
We compost personal farm products on farm.
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". *
We only have a few cubic yards to spread per year.
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
We have a diverse amount of weeds including nettles, dandelions, queen anne's lace, clover, lamb's ear etc. We hand and flame weed to keep them at bay.
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 a diverse amount of insects and bugs on our farm. Pesky ones including stink bugs, horn worms, aphids, slugs, and cabbage loopers. We hand pick off horn worms as we find them. By not spraying anything, our good bug population is also quite large (e.g. parasitic wasps take care of most of our horn worms). We usually lose one vegetable crop per season to weeds, pests, or blight, but with healthy plants and soil the vast majority thrive.
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. *
We have seen blight, powdery mildew, orange rust, and other plant diseases. We will sometimes spray a very dilute apple cider vinegar at the onset of powdery mildew. Proper plant spacing and cleanliness of our rows (e.g. weeds, plant undergrowth) help keep them at bay.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use rain and a small on-farm pond.
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? *
no
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. *
To the north, a 5 acre residential separates us from another farm. To the east, there is 3000 ft. of woods between us and the next farmer. To the south, we are separated from the nearest farm by several residences. To the west, we are about 100 feet from a dirt road.

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: