Produce & Flowers

Avrom Farm

Owner: Hayden Holbert

Address:
W0908 Scott Hill Road
Ripon, WI 54971
Wi County

Mailing Address:
601 commercial ave
green lake, WI 54941

daytime phone: (773) 710-6386
Web site: http://avromfarm.com

Application Date: 2021-02-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have operated our farm since 2015 within accordance to USDA Organic Standards and with a mission to farm restore our ecosystem. We want to have this 3rd party certification because we don't interact with all of our customers and think that this certification will help communicate our commitment to the environmental sustainability we practice on our farm
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? *
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
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: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
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:
Online Store

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use a tractor mounted rototiller for primary tillage
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Depending on the season and intended outcome we use winter rye, clover, vetch, oats, peas, and wheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and purchased complete
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". *
20 cubic yards per acre
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. *
Alfalfa meal, Re-vita Pro from Ohio Earth Food, kelp meal, humates, blood meal
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. *
Weeds have always been challenging to manage because we only use mechanic weed control methods. Our most challenging weeds have included quack grass, thistle, and fox tail. For crops that stay in the ground for more than 60 days as a general rule we plant into landscaping fabric with holes burned into it. Pre planting weed control measures include flame weeding, stale seed bedding, and preventing weeds from going to seed the previous year. For crops grown in open soil without landscaping fabric or plastic mulch we use the following methods to control weeds: hand weeding, hoeing, and cultivation with walk behind tractors.
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 challenging pests have been cabbage moths, flea beetles, and Japanese beetles. We control pests using Certified Organic insecticides including Entrust and Neem oil. We also practice crop rotation, covering sensitive crops with insect barrier, and promoting healthy and balanced soil with compost per soil test recommendations.
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 have struggled with late and early blight with tomatoes. We have switched to only growing tomatoes under hoop houses to reduce the amount of blight we experience with tomatoes. We also space our crops and put an emphasis on terminating weeds before they take hold so that there is plenty of air flow among outdoor crops to prevent diseases.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Ground water from a well on the farm.
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 source most of our Certified Organic seeds from Jonny's Seeds, High Mowing Seeds, and True Leaf Market.
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. *
Pro-Mix Mycorrhizae Organik Sphagnum peat moss (60-70% by volume) Perlite. Coir. Gypsum. Ground Limestone (for pH adjustment) Wetting agent. Mycorrhizae.
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 conventional cropland within the vicinity of our growing spaces. The closes conventionally cropped field is 1/2 mile from our growing area. There are tree buffers around our farm in between our fields and conventional fields.

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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