Produce & Flowers

The Table Farm and Workshop

Owner: Kyan Glenn

Address:
23800 E 1300 N Rd
Bloomington, IL 61705
Mclean County

daytime phone: (815) 209-6695

Application Date: 2021-04-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I agree with all of the core beliefs of CNG. I do not intend to be certified organic because that really doesn't mean much anymore, but am still desiring a certification to lend strength to my label and support to my farm. I'm looking forward to help from likeminded producers!
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? *
I was ordering soil amendments from 7 Springs Farm and they mentioned/recommended your organization.
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: *
4.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
100%
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0%
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/4
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Eggs; Broilers
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: *
No-till. Broadforking initial beds
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Peas & Oats blend. Winter Rye & Hairy Vetch blend. Buckwheat
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 from Landscape Recycling Center in Champaign, IL. Purchased complete from Vermont Compost for seedlings.
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". *
4" deep for initial bed setup. Top dress of 1" every year
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Deep bedding system for chickens over winter. Completely composted for 12 months prior to use in on-farm compost system.
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". *
Part of above compost application
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. *
Soil Amendments purchased from 7 Springs Farm (all organic or all natural listed): Bone Meal, Blood Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Rock Phosphate, Azomite, Sul-Po-Mag, Gypsum, Fish Meal, Kelp Meal, Hi-Cal Lime. All of the above is mixed to custom ratios for specific vegetable crop families to make custom fertilizer mixes.
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? *
no
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. *
I use the deep compost mulch system, and my farm is still in the start-up phase (I'm in year 2 of growing on this property). So my weeds in the beds are minimal. I mainly have wind borne seeds like dandelion. I hand weed regularly, use intercropping/multicropping, cover crops, and close spacing in-row to minimize weed pressure. All aisles/pathways are deeply mulched with wood chips.
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. *
I am still learning... so I am not fully aware of all of my insect issues. I am in an area with TERRIBLE pressure from Japanese Beetles. They targeted my raspberry and asparagus heavily last year, but could be found everywhere on my property. I lost an entire crop of brassicas to what I presume to be cabbage moth... but I am just guessing as I don't really know what killed them (immediately after transplant... purchased from a store I no longer use). I have lots of cucumber beetle and squash bug... but my cucumbers were largely unaffected last year and the squash bugs didn't become a problem until end of season. I lean heavily towards using natural ecosystem approaches to reach a "balance" with pests instead of trying to eliminate them. I am actively building better habitats to attract more wild birds and have multiple bird feeders for them. I plant an abundance of flowers in my garden beds to also attract predatory insects. I also have multiple areas on farm that are seeded to beneficial wildflowers to attract beneficial insects, both predatory and pollinating.
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. *
Again, I am a new farmer, so I am not fully aware of the diseases I faced last year. I use drip irrigation on all solenacae and cucubitacea family plants to discourage foliar diseases. I also prune all lower leaves off of all tomatoes and cucumbers to control the disease. I'm relying on creating healthy soils and large amounts of compost to develop strong plants that can fend for themselves in regards to disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I use the well from my property. I also have a creek running along the back of my property... but it is a run-off creek from conventional farms, so I am not sure if it would be wise to use that water for irrigation purposes. I plan to eventually build surface ponds on my property and multiple rain catchment systems in the future.
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. *
I order seeds from Johnny's Selected seeds and High Mowing Organic seeds.
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. *
I started out using Pro-Mix... but I am switching to Vermont Compost going forward due to issues in germination and plants dying before transplant from the Pro-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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Local Garden shop that is aware of organic practices and how their source grows. I only purchase transplants in the event of crop failure in my own systems.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
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.) *
I am surrounded by conventional farm fields. One practices tillage and sprays... the other is no-till and uses sprays to kill off cover crops. I have planted a wind/chemical break along both fronts that border the fields in the form of flowering shrubs (lilac, viburnum, rose of sharon, etc) combined with small flowering trees (choke cherry, decorative crab apple, etc), and evergreens (norway spruce, colorado spruce). That windbreak is being put in now... so it'll be several years before it is fully effective. That is on the south edge of my farm... the north edge already has an established break of osage orange, mulberry, and other trees and shrubs (banks of the creek). The east and west edges of my farm border other homes, and do not need a windbreak.
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. *
I have planted a wind/chemical break along both fronts that border the fields in the form of flowering shrubs (lilac, viburnum, rose of sharon, etc) combined with small flowering trees (choke cherry, decorative crab apple, etc), and evergreens (norway spruce, colorado spruce). That windbreak is being put in now... so it'll be several years before it is fully effective. That is on the south edge of my farm... the north edge already has an established break of osage orange, mulberry, and other trees and shrubs (banks of the creek). The east and west edges of my farm border other homes, and do not need a windbreak. I have a minimum of 100' of buffer zone on all sides between my production and the neighboring land.

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:
My farm is still in the start-up phase! I purchased this home in November 2019. This is my second year growing on this location. As such, we are still growing/expanding/scaling up. We currently have 1/4 acre in vegetable production, along with 26 egg laying hens rotationally grazed on pasture, and 7 ducklings and 2 goslings. My long term goal is to have between 1/2 and 1 acre in vegetable production, 50+ laying hens, and to run 100-500 broilers each year. We are slowing scaling up and adding enterprises one at a time so we can learn and adapt as we go. We grow primarily for CSA, and use farmer's markets to supplement our sales outlets. This year will be my first year selling product (last year I gave it all away).