Produce & Flowers

Stillwind Farm LLC

Owner: Mikayla Rowden

Address:
2937 Temple St
Muskegon Heights, MI 49444
Muskegon County

Mailing Address:
1502 Peck St, Apt 4
Muskegon, MI 49441

daytime phone: (616) 402-7315

Application Date: 2020-11-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been farming on both organic, naturally grown, or uncertified farms for about 4 seasons. This fall I acquired land and have been planning a small urban farm. I am an advocate for transparency in growing and Certified Naturally Grown aligns well with such value. Stillwind Farm is a no-till, no chemical space and I am excited to grant myself and customers the peace of mind when purchasing produce because of the well-trusted, grassroots certification.
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? *
I worked on a farm that was going through the process a couple seasons ago and was really excited about a more accessible, affordable, and well-aligned model to my values.
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: *
1/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1/3
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/4
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: *
Stillwind is utilizing no-till practices. All beds have been shaped, tarped, covered in preparation for next season!
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye, oats, buckwheat, clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and Dairy Doo
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". *
2-4 inches per bed
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. *
Fish emulsion, kelp, gypsum for nutrient deficiencies. Used 1-2 times per season.
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. *
Crab / quack grass are pervasive weeds on the farm. They are mitigated via silage tarping in the winter / throughout the season when space is available. I also use cardboard in-between rows and landscape fabric in long-season crops that see weed pressure consistently. Heavy compost also helps!
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. *
Introducing beneficial insects such as ladybugs and praying mantis have always been my go-to. Row cover / protec-net are my favorite consistent barriers to insects throughout the season! Beyond that, I only ever use diatomaceous earth in small quantities when absolutely necessary.
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. *
Crop rotation, consistent soil care (nutrients and cover crops), and pruning necessary plants (tomatoes, cucumbers, etc as precautionary care). In some cases, such as bacterial wilt, I have pulled infected crops out, been diligent about watering schedules, added nutrients that were lacking, and planned a careful rotation for the next three years.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Muskegon Heights City Water.
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. *
I get all of my seeds from Johnnys or High Mowing as they almost always have organic options that I am looking for. I have yet to run into a situation where I need to contact a third supplier.
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. *
Ohio Earth Food is the supplier - their basic soil starting mix. This is ordered through a farm group order that includes other naturally grown farmers.
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. *
There is no agricultural use surrounding the space. My field is surrounded entirely by an untreated cedar fence and is between 10-25 ft from the road from all sides.

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: