Produce & Flowers

WillBe Farm

Owner: Bairet Eiter

Address:
N3260 390TH ST
Menomonie, WI 54751
Dunn County

Application Date: 2021-04-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
The farm has been previously certified naturally grown (formerly Hexagon Project Farm) by the former farm owners and we would like to continue the certification.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
2020 the farm was certified naturally grown, prior to this I am unsure but it has been managed without chemicals for at least the last 3 years.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
From the former farm owners.
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 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1 acre
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3/4 A
Fruit Crops:
200 feet
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
total farm acreage 8.8 acres
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Duck eggs
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: *
broad fork, wheel hoe, long handled tools
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, oats, peas, sorghum sudan, sunflowers, clovers, annual ryegrass, winter rye, vetch, phecelia etc.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm and purple cow organics (WI) or cowsmo (WI)
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". *
2-4 wheel barrows per bed
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. *
custom certified organic fertilizer from Cashton Farm Supply (Cashton, WI)
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. *
all weeds are managed with cover crops, plastic tarps, landscaping fabric, long handled wire weeders, flame weeding, organic mulching, paper mulching or mowing
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. *
Brassica and Solanaceae crops are tunneled with landscaping fabric or caterpillar plastic tunnels, we will maintain habitat surrounding farm to allow for predatory beneficials to have refuge and potentially introduce beneficial insects if needed cucurbit crops are sprayed with a kaolin clay mixture to prevent pests
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. *
blight in tomatoes will be managed with tunnels
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. *
varieties that are suitable for organic conditions
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? *
purchased from cowsmo organic
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
cowsmo organic (WI)
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. *
*East- organic no till farmer (50 ft buffer between our plot and the neighbors rented land from us) south/north/west- 50 ft or more of grass buffer or woods, road on the south west

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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