Produce & Flowers

Ellsworth Acres

Owner: Karisa Wild

Address:
North Royalton, OH

Web site: http://www.ellsworthacres.org/

Application Date: 2020-05-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are on our way to being certified organic and being certified naturally grown seems like a good stepping stone in getting there. Growing fresh, healthy food is important to us and we want our consumers to know they are getting high quality products without any additives.
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 pamphlet
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3
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:
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 sparingly with a broadfork
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We use a winter kill winter hearty mix and a manure mix
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We purchase leontis premium compost from a local nursery called Grace Brothers
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 wheelbarrows per 1,000ft
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We get the manure from a local stable
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 wheelbarrows per 1,000ft
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Mostly Fall
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. *
40lbs Garden Magic Compost & Manure per 100 sq. feet.
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 usual weed culprits are bull thistles, cheat grass, chickweed, crab grass, dandelions, lambs quarter, and white clover. For weed control we use grass much, plastic weed barrier, and manual 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. *
Our most common pests are potato beetles, flea beetles, cabbage moth worms, and slugs. We use neem oil every two weeks and Dipel once a week. We also regularly use manual removal for the cabbage moth worms, potato beetles, and slugs.
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. *
Our primary disease challenges are tomato rot, we use bone meal and we amend the soil with proper anecdote to combat this.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water from North Roylaton, Ohio
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 use organic seeds from Johnnyseeds.com
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We buy our transplants locally, the exact nursery depends on the stock
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Verbally
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). *
None
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. *
Our crops start 10 yards from the road south of us, we have 100 yards of brush and trees to the north of us (on property we own). There are non agricultural businesses to the west of us (10 yards) and the east of us (20 yards), there is no risk of contamination from either business. North: wooded area of at least 75 yards. South: crops are about 25 yards from the road. East: residential yard, 25 yards. West: Hoop House is about 6 yards from the neighboring drive to an environmental services company. Other rows about 10 yards from the drive.

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:
Our farm is a sober living home for women that helps an under-served demographic develop skills that include how to take initiative, improve communication, teamwork and leadership development, critical thinking, and problem solving in addition to agriculture skills.