Produce & Flowers

Four Winds Farm

Owner: Megan Booher

Address:
Homestead, IA

daytime phone: (319) 800-8729
evening phone: same
Web site: http://www.fourwindsfarmhemp.com

Application Date: 2021-01-17

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe in organic farming but can't afford to apply for OMRI certification yet. We are working on our hemp body care and edible line and would love to have this label on our products
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? *
our graphic designer gave us a list of certifications that we might want to apply for to put on our labels
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
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
hemp
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
CBG strain of hemp; grown as medicine
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: *
disc and rototill
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
winter oats
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
complete compost from the local waste management facility
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". *
165 tons/acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
last year we ordered stutzman's Nutri-rich chicken pellets from the internet; this year we have purchased bulk chicken litter from a friend- we will get the information needed about it ( I need to email him to find out exactly where it's from)
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 tons/ acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
summer
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. *
We amended with these nutrients at planting time: bio-char from Arti-char, trace minerals, "Down to Earth " fish bone meal, OMRI listed sunflower hull ash from 7 springs farm. We also applied compost teas to our soil before covering with wood chips. In the compost tea, there was: molasses, worm castings, compost, kelp, and sometimes barley.
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. *
last year we mulched our field heavily with wood chips and spent weeks weeding. this year, we have planted a cover crop for the aisles that we intend to mow and we plan to mulch our hemp plants with miscanthus chips. beyond those efforts, we will be pulling weeds by hand again
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 had aphids in the greenhouse and worms in the field. we used Des-x insecticidal soap as a spray application to treat both. we used Des-x once a month
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 used a spray application of cosavet sulphur to address fungal concerns every other month
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
we irrigate from our home well
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've researched for the most reputable cannabinoidal- rich genetics and have decided to go with seeds from Oregon CBD
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. *
We use a starting mix called "Light Warrior" by Foxfarm. It contains: mycorrhizal fungi, sphagnum peat moss, horticultural perlite, earthworm castings, granite dust, humic acid and oyster shell. We also mix in "Tupur" by Royal Gold. It is a combination of coco fiber, aged forest materials, perlite, and basalt
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
A conventional corn and soybean field is across the street. God knows what they spray on their crops
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 west of our field, there is a conventional corn/soybean field. Their field is probably 100-150 feet away from the beginning of our field. There are some trees and brush blocking our field from theirs. The other 3 sides of our field is surrounded by oak and walnut trees; thick timber. But beyond the timber to our south, is another corn/soybean field. It is at least 300-400 feet away from our field

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. *
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