Produce Application

TheLowCashHomestead

Owner: Matthew Koster

Address:
Desoto, MO

Web site: http://thelowcashhomestead.com

Application Date: 2020-02-26

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We operate in an organic style. I am not certified organic but have plans to do so in the future. We use natural methods and products and would like to show our customers the certification, instead of explaining the processes to each customer.
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? *
A farmer training course presented by Linclon University in Missouri.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2 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:
100%
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
garden beans and asian beans.
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:
At present we are only selling at farmers markets.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We break the ground with a plow when starting a new garden area. We are currently starting our second season implementing our no till plan.
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 recycle the resources on the homestead back into the growing system. We use a chipper/ shreader vac to collect all of our lawn waste, leaves, dead fall and crop waste into a compost bin. Come fall the compost pile is then spread across the garden plots. Over the course of fall yard waste is added to each garden plot and left to compost in place in a deep compost system.
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". *
10-12 inches deep
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. *
We use pelletized ag lime on garden plots prior to adding compost layers. Bone and blood meal and Jobes organic all purpose and tomato/ veg formula.
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? *
yes
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. *
Our deep composting system has reduced weed pressure to a point that a small electric handheld surface harrow removes most weeds with little effort. In our raised bed areas weeds are removed by hand. All production areas are mulched to reduce weed pressure.
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 use mostly poly culture planting, doing so greatly reduces pest pressure. To control pest we use multiple methods. First we hang praying mantis egg cases in the gardens. The praying mantis eat everything even good insects. Next we dust the plants with hardwood ashes. Finally if needed neem oil is sprayed on the gardens.
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. *
My biggest issue has always been blight. I prune to reduce blight.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
we use our private well for irrigation. Supply lines are connected to drip tape or soaker lines.
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. *
I am the only produce producer with a mile. Food production areas are at least 200 feet from the road. The closest neighbor's woods meet the property line. The neighbors do not grow produce and is not involved in AG.

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 are a small producer. This certification is another step in growing our business. We also are certified with our county for mushroom production. The mushroom certification application does not exist on this site.