Produce & Flowers

Prairie Renaissance Farm

Owner: Rachel Berry

Address:
18568 1750 N Ave
Princeton, IL 61356
Bureau County

daytime phone: (815) 719-3928
Web site: http://https://www.facebook.com/PrairieRenaissanceFarm

Application Date: 2021-03-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am a first generation farmer. I have been learning to grow produce and flowers for the last 8 years and am now ready to start scaling up from growing for my immediate family to growing for extended family/market. We have never used chemical inputs on the farm, practice regenerative agriculture and permaculture techniques, and raise chickens and ducks for manure. I am also a hemp farmer, growing fiber and grain varieties, and am interested to know how that might play in to this certification - perhaps we can create a section for hemp?
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? *
A local farmer at my farmers market is certified and directed me to this website when I asked about it.
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: *
13.8
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
broccoli, onion, potato, tomato, peppers, cabbage, beans, herbs, pumpkin, watermellon
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
hemp grain
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: *
We use No-Till methods.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
we purchase complete compost and also supplement with our own on farm
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 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We make our own manure - comes from our chickens and ducks
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". *
2-3 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
early spring
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 have used lime but it is not something we always do.
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. *
Thistle is a big one for us. There are plenty of other weeds, though. We have been cutting it down more each year with the mower, using hemp fiber mulch to cover it, and are experimenting with hemp to shade out the weeds as well. We never use herbicides to deal with the weeds, always human or machine power.
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 do deal with pests and deal with them using soapy water. We also use companion planting to help cut down on damage from pests (marigolds have been great!)
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. *
I have had in the past and know that it is possible in the future to deal with disease - Lucky for us up to this point we have been growing small enough scale that we just whip up a natural remedy for something like blight (baking soda, espom salt)or cull what is no good and move on. We have started new in containers with plants grown at local farm, Coneflower Farm. In the future at larger scale we will continue to use natural, at home remedies but are not completely opposed to purchasing something.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use our own private 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 purchase seeds from Baker Creek Heirlooms primarily. We also buy from Kelly Seed in Peoria who sell Johnny's, and have used Seed Savers
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. *
Sungrow Brand: Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Composted or Aged Bark, Compost, Earthworm Castings, RESiLIENCE®, Horticultural Grade Perlite, Pumice, or Cinders, Organic Grade 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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Coneflower Farms in Tiskilwa, IL which is also Naturally Grown Certified
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
they are Natrurally Grown Certified
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
N/A
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.) *
There is a conventional corn field on both sides of us. They have been growing monoculture corn crops. the corn field to the west is closer than the field to the east, which has another property in between.
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 east, there is more than 100 yards separation from our fields including another property between us. To the west we are about 75 yards away and there is a mowed drive and a mix of weeds and native plants growing between us. We are about 150 yards away from the road to the north and south is our home.

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:
I grow industrial hemp am interested to know if there will be a carve out for those growing any type of hemp (CBD, fiber, or Grain - and grain seems the best fit. Thank you!