Produce & Flowers

TableTop Farms

Owner: Andrew Geiser

Address:
7441 Liv 506
Chillicothe, MO 64601
Livingston County

daytime phone: (660) 232-0097
evening phone: (660) 232-0097
Web site: http://TableTopFarmsmo.com

Application Date: 2021-08-18

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small family farm that operates a farm to table operation. Growing quality products all while doing it as naturally and regeneratively as possible is a top priority for us. Belonging to a community that has the same goals as us, we feel will be beneficial for us as a farm and hopefully to the community.
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? *
We have know about the organization for several years and probably found while doing research online.
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? *
I, Andrew, grew up gardening in a large garden and helping out on the farm. For the past 4 years, we have grown for market following and in my opinion exceeding organic standards.

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? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
222
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
The 222 acres also follows organic standards with the exception of animal grain, which is non-gmo corn soy based at this time. We raise pork, cattle, laying hens, and broiler chickens.
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:
online store

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BCS tractor, Broad fork, Hand tools
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
On the veg ground we use oat-vetch mix, oat-pea mix, triticale, and buckwheat. On the 222 we will follow the pork and sometimes the cattle and layers with a high diversity mix based on season either being warm or cool season.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, we produce and use compost and we also purchase compost.
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". *
2-3 wheelbarrow loads per bed or 250 sq ft
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Poultry manure is in the compost from our broiler brooder.
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". *
2-3 wheelbarrow loads per bed or 250 sq ft
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
No raw manure is aplied to veg areas unless we put the layers or the broiler chickens the area after in the fall followed by a cover crop
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. *
We use blood meal, alfalfa meal, sustane fertilizer ( turkey litter, potash, feather meal).These three are mixed 1-1-2 and applied at 2 gallons/bed for heavy feeding crops and 1.5 gallons/bed for light feeding crops. On occasion fish/seaweed emulsion is used on nursery stock and newly transplanted plants.
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. *
Tarps are used in the gardens to control weeds when there is an adequate window of time. Cultivation is the primary method of control. We try to disturb the soil deeper than an 1-2 inches as little as possible. Flame weeding is used in the veg area when possible. We do use some landscape fabric in the veg but most use the fabric as boarders around the gardens. We have used a product, Burnout, in gravel areas and outside around the edges of structures, hightunnel, greenhouse but it is rarely used.
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. *
It is a very rare occasion that we use a spray product, but if we must we do keep neem oil and pyganics are kept on hand. We do use insect netting on products, mainly we rely on our high diversity pastures surrounding the gardens to house and attract beneficial to keep insect pests in check.
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 experienced very little disease issues but when we do at this time we remove the infected plant and discard into a surrounding pasture to breakdown.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
At this time it is county water system, we are working on setting up pond irrigation.
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 shop Johnny's seeds, High mowing seeds, Baker Creek seeds, Harris Organic
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 potting soil
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Promix M mycorrhizae OMRI labeled Sphagnum peat moss, coir perlite ground limestone, and saponins Penn Valley Potting soil Aeromaster Humus, Peat, Coconut Coir, Perlite, Pulverized Volcanic Rock Minerals, Crab Shell, BioChar, Mycorrhizal Fungi
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. *
All of the veg gardens are surrounded by my pastures all of which there is 200+ ft of buffer before any road or any other pasture. The northeast boundry of my property is the only area left that butts up to conventional ag corn/soy and we even buffer that with native grass buffers and woods.

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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