Produce Application

Loftus Organics

Owner: Brittany Loftus

Address:
Georgetown, IN

daytime phone: (812) 972-1057
Web site: http://www.loftusorganics.com

Application Date: 2020-04-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We want our produce to be trusted by our customers that depend on us not to use chemicals and conventional farming methods for their food. We were USDA certified organic for the previous two years and the time constraints and costs prohibited us from the growth we desired. Year after year we want to grow more of our produce organically, eventually taking over our larger family farm with all naturally grown food. Last year the organic program failed us, requiring us to submit our paperwork and fees in March and then not making it out to inspect until November. We want to grow the same organic produce for our customers while being certified by a program that gets what it's like to be a full-time farmer.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
USDA Certified Organic by Ecocert ICO 2018 & 2019
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
A local organic grocer, Rainbow Blossom, showcased a Certified Naturally Grown farm in their newsletter.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
4 (owned by parents, no formal lease)
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
400
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
This is our family farm of which we are part-owners. However it is legally separate from Loftus Organics. We grow strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, zucchini, sweet corn, cucumbers, fall squash, and pumpkins. We also grow hay, straw, and do some corn and soybeans.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
60
Fruit Crops:
3
Hay:
40
Grains/Beans:
100
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
100 straw
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:
Market Wagon Louisville

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Plow and disc with tractor.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Winter Rye
Do you use Compost? *
no
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 have not used any so far in 2020.
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. *
Ragweed, Johnson Grass, nutsedge. We manage by cultivating and hoeing.
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. *
Worms/caterpillars on our broccoli and cabbage. We use Dipel as often as weekly if they are bad. We also struggle with Harlequin bugs but do not currently treat for them. We plan to plant wildflowers and sunflowers to attract natural predators.
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 do not currently treat for that but plan to use natural remedies, such as baking soda and natural soap mixtures.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use city water. Edwardsville Water Corporation, and we do obtain a copy of their water test.
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 certified organic seed from Johnny's Selected Seed and Burpee.
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
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Burpee Natural and Organic Growing Mix - Label says INGREDIENTS: This product is formulated from coir, compost, perlite and fertilizer.
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? *
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. *
On the North side we have a ridge and fence line, separating the field from residential lawns about 20 feet away. East side, (our) residential lawn comes right up to the field. South side our field runs to a grass buffer separating our parcel from the next. This other parcel is owned by our family and not used for anything, just vacant land, trees and grass. On the west side our field stops but sits on a 17 acre piece of property that is a tree line, vacant land & trees.

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:
For the previous two years when we were certified organic we grew our produce on leased land from a local church. This year, since the property behind our house has now been nothing but untreated fields cut for hay for 3+ years we moved the farm to our own family land. This is our first year growing naturally on it and we will have a better idea of what inputs we will use once we see what are challenges are.