Produce & Flowers

Greenlight Acres

Owner: Elizabeth Beatty

Address:
7968 E Maize Rd
Ridott, IL 61067-9755
Stephenson County

daytime phone: (815) 275-0473

Application Date: 2021-07-08

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We follow organically grown procedures and wish to become certified to provide accountability while remaining transparent to both customers and other producers about our farming practices. We also have been encouraged by both fellow farmers and customers to obtain certification from CNG.
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? *
Primarily from other CNG farmers in our area, secondarily from customers.
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? *
My family did organic market garden farming as I grew up attending several farm markets in the area. I also mentored with an organic farmer from my teen years through 20's. Our current venture, Greenlight Acres, started in 2020 with one farmers market in that year, and now we are at 2 farm markets with customer per-orders every week additionally. We have been studying and following CNG standards since July 2020 when we first heard of CNG.

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: *
1
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
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:
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: *
Rototiller to break new ground only; Tilther, broadfork, hoe/rake on permanent beds.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Red Clover, Buckwheat, Annual Rye, Field Pea.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm (garden, vegetable scraps, leaves)
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". *
1 inch annually
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Chick N Poo (purchased composted bagged)
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". *
25 lbs per 650 sq ft
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall/Winter
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. *
Kelp Meal (every bed flip @ 1 lb per 50 ft bed)
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. *
Problem: Lambs Quarters, Pigweed, Rhizome/Stolon grasses. Manage: Hoe, hand weed, straw mulch, and cover crop/tarp when fallow.
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. *
Problem: Cabbage worm, Cucumber beetle, Japanese beetle, Aphids, Flea beetle. Manage: Row covers, Hand picking, Crop rotation, Beneficial insects. BT, Kaolin Clay, Lures & Traps for monitoring insect pressure.
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. *
Challenge: Bacterial Wilt, Mosaic, Powdery Mildew. Control Method: Row cover, Crop rotation, removing infected plant material,
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
On farm deep 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 only use organic non-GMO seeds primarily purchased from High Mowing Organic Seeds, Johnny's Seeds, and Fruition Organic seeds. The only exception is when a kind or alternate variety within the kind is not available as organic, then we will use conventional seeds, but only in the least quantity needed to meet our market demand. Our mitigation plan for unavailable organic seed is to change varieties, or use an alternate vegetable type to fill in any potential gap.
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. *
Pro Mix organic seed starting mix. Contains: Peat moss, Coir (coco fibre), Perlite, Limestone, Organic fertilizer, Mycorrhizae.
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.) *
Conventional Farm (to the East), potential use of pesticides and herbicides.
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. *
On the east a 30 ft wide grass strip/drain ditch, followed by 20 ft wide road, another 20 ft wide grass strip/drain ditch before conventional farm field. 100-500 yds of grass yard and buildings on West, South, and North sides. Caterpillar Tunnel also serves as partial windbreak.

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: