Produce & Flowers

Golden Hour Herb Farm

Owner: scott townley

Address:
1300 Maplewood Dr.
Jenison, MI 49423
Mi County

Mailing Address:
13 1/2 W 18th St
Holland, MI 49423

daytime phone: (616) 826-7219
Web site: http://goldenhourfarm616@gmail.com

Application Date: 2021-06-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We want a certification that will raise the level of customer trust in our products and farming practices. We enjoy the peer review system.
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? *
Other nearby farms
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? *
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General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
4
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
3
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:
Local business owners

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Grillo walk behind rototiller and Rotary plow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats, Red Clover, Cereal Rye, Winter Wheat, Buckwheat, Sorghum-Sudan.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, purchased complete (Morgan's Composting, WORMIES Composting)- We only use compost in our seed starting.
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". *
Seed starting
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. *
Drammatic "O"OMRI Listed 2-5-0.2 (Fish Hydrolysate) - Transplant soak, foliar 2x after transplant According to our soil tests recommendations we've done through Crop Services International we applied- Gypsum, Copper Sulfate, Magnesium sulfate, Sulfur, Manganese Sulfate, Borax. We have not applied these, other than gypsum, in 2 years and will follow up with more tests this 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. *
Hand weeding - Galinsoga, Lambsquarter, Pigweed, Creeping Charlie, Canada Thistle - lots of others. We do stale seeding with no set method yet - pre-plant/pre-seed - flame weeder, shallow till, solarization. We use some landscape fabric for occultation and mulch, as well as plastic mulch for some herb crops. We have left some plastic in the field for up to two seasons and/or overwintered (last year we laid plastic in May, grew holy basil, then transplanted garlic into the same bed/ plastic mulch. Plastic will be removed with the garlic harvest. We are considering using cardboard rolls (new) as mulch in flowers this season. Cover cropping in sections to renovate Canada Thistle and established areas of Jerusalem Artichoke. Some Poison Hemlock in discrete areas. We are mowing and digging out.
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 main insect damage is from colorado potato beetle and flea beetles on our crop of Ashwagandha. We rotate this crop, transplant with Kaolin Clay dip and then have resorted to alternating biweekly applications of compost tea and neem oil for plant health and pyganic until the plants outgrow the pest - last season it was 2 applications. Nematode bloat and onion maggot in our garlic have been challenges. We have had to sort for disease, order new seed and use extra care with rotations.
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. *
Some mildew in herb and flower crops. We mitigate mildew by anticipating weather changes and harvesting before issues ruin crops. We also have found bigger plant spacing and weed control to help a lot. We are trialling mildew resistant basil this year. We assume that in September, October we start to lose crops before we would otherwise to frost.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
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 prioritize Certified Organic Seeds. For a couple of our herbs we are unable to source organic seed. We source from the following companies - Fedco, High Mowing Organic, Johnny Seeds, Strictly Medicinals, Adaptive, Restoration Seeds, Siskiyou Seeds, Floret Flowers, Seeds from Italy, Baker Creek, Albert Lea Seed Company
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. *
Morgans Composting - 201, WORMIES soil mix
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.) *
They use both herbicide and pesticide on their crops. They have grown beets, corn, parsnips, celeriac in the time we've been there.
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 a conventional vegetable farm about 60-70 ft away on 2 sides on the south and 100 ft on east of our field. There is a ditch and tree/brush line on both 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. *
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