Produce & Flowers

Star Farm Chicago

Owner: Rachel Kimpton

Address:
944 w 50th Place
Chicago, IL 60609
Cook County

Mailing Address:
934 w 50th Place
Chicago, IL 60609

daytime phone: (312) 768-9949
evening phone: (312) 768-9949
Web site: http://www.starfarmchicago.com

Application Date: 2021-01-26

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are applying for this certification so that our customers and community can have a 3rd party verification in the production and growing techniques of our farm. While we are too small and can't afford to be certified organic, in the meantime we still want to be held accountable to a 3rd party specifications so that we are indeed practicing sustainable and environmentally friendly growing practices.
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? *
Just as part of the urban farming community and talking with other growers about what we can do to increase our credibility
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: *
1/3
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
2/3
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
90%
Fruit Crops:
10%
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:
The Greater Chicago Food Depository

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We practice no-till, though we do use a broadfork.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
pea, rye grass
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We purchase organic processed compost from a 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". *
We top-off our beds after each harvest and before we re-plant with the finished compost, at approx 10 wheelbarrows per 1,000 square feet
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 don't use any other fertilizers or anything except compost
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 primary weed problems are managing our pathways to make sure they're clear. Definitely grass and crabgrass is a big problem, but we try to cultivate the beds on dry days before we see any grass. Once we see them, we remove them by hand. We find that a good defense against weeds is having strong healthy plants, so we focus on giving them a compost refill at every major stage of growth.
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 primary insect challenges are cabbage moths. Definitely using a mix of Bt and molasses helps keeps those plants nice and healthy. We've sprayed with a water and vinegar solution so they taste bad to the bugs, and try to manuallly remove the caterpillars.
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've experienced rot in some brassicas when they have too much water and not enough sunlight. Mostly just huge cabbage moth holes in the leaves.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use municipal water sources via public hydrants to water the plants, in addition to rain 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. *
We use High Mowing Organic, Johnny's, and Bakers Creek primarily
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? *
we mix our own purchased finished compost
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
we also put organic coconut coir in the compost to dilute it
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. *
none
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. *
Most of our sites are lodged between residential homes, and we talk with our neighbors about any potential chemicals they might apply to their lawn. We are mostly 10' from a road, but it's a residential road so there's little traffic.

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 have organic growing practices and provide a low-income community with fresh produce. We want our clients to know that we are producing a good quality nutritious crop with their health and well being in mind, especially since they have little to no access otherwise to that kind of produce. We want them to have confidence in our product and be inspired to grow food themselves.