Produce & Flowers

Wet Wood Farm, LLC

Owner: Ashley O’Hara

Address:
Goshen, OH

daytime phone: (513) 646-5322
evening phone: (513) 646-5322
Web site: http://Wetwoodfarmllc.com

Application Date: 2022-05-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
For the public to know that we hold our farm to a standard that is rule abiding and honest. We also want to learn other sustainable farming practices from other local farms.
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? *
Marketing on other products.
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? *
We learned to farm from other farmers. We have been farming for three years. Our crops are very hardy and do not require a lot of tending to. Therefor, we only use neem oil for pest control and aged horse manure and untreated mulch for soil nutrition.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
less than an acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
15
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0
Fruit Crops:
Less than an acre
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Zero tillage
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
horse 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". *
10 lbs per shrub and we have 500 shrubs
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
None
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. *
We deal with seasonal invasive weeds in our hedge rows. We lay a thick layer of untreated wood chips down to prevent weed growth in the rows with new cuttings as well as the hedge rows that have older shrubs. When there are weeds, we hand pick as much as we can in our newly planted cutting rows. Weeds tend to not hurt the older plants so we don't have to hand weed as much in those hedge rows.
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. *
Japanese Beetles and eriophid mites have been the only insects we have had to overcome. Japanese beetles and mites only do cosmetic damage to the elder plant. We've tried to hand collect the beetles in a bucket full of water to remove as many beetles as possible. If more beetles returned, we just let them be since they were not damaging the berry production. When we notice that our leaves are shriveling up ( a sign of eriophid mites), we remove the leaf and surrounding leaves by hand. We then spray the area on the plant where the leaves were removed with neem spray ( a concentrate of neem oil and non toxic dish soap). We then burned the leaves that showed signs of insect infestation.
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 only dealt with elderberry rust. We hand removed the leaves that showed signs of rust developing and sprayed the area with neem. We then burned the leaves that showed signs of disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Currently we do not have a water source . Elder is a hardy shurb that requires little watering.
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 have received all of our cuttings from River Hills Harvest in Missouri.
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. *
We use Pro Mix Organic.
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. *
The closest public road is 1/2 a mile away. The elderberry field is heavily wooded between the road and the field. To the north and east, there is a wooded area of at least 100 years that separates us from a neighbors corn field

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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