Produce Application

Three Sisters Garden

Owner: Tracey Vowell

2285 E. 1500 S Rd
Kankakee, IL 60901
Kankakee County

Mailing Address:
Kankakee, IL 60901

daytime phone: (312) 399-5585
evening phone: (312) 399-5585

Application Date: 2009-12-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
It is required that we attain third party certification to continue participating in the Chicago Green City Market
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
From other farmers and as a suggested certifying agency from the Green City Market.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
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: *
We typically turn our entire fields at least once every two to three years with a moldboard plow, in the late fall or early spring, then reestablish rows, planting clover, alfalfa or grass in the footpaths, and work our beds with a rototiller, disc and bed shaper to plant.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Dutch White Clover field peas oats buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, local wood chips We do not apply compost so much as make it in fallow beds utilizing both living greenhouse wastes from flats of cut greens and general appropriate farm waste. We turn it in the rows after appropriate periods of aging, then prepare to return the row, or rows to production for the next growing season.
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 years farm production over three fallow rows, well aged wood chips are spread over beds at a depth of 2-3 inches, then worked into the soil with tillage and cultivation over the course of the season.
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
High calcium lime
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
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 have very heavy weed problems that we manage with flame weeding, timely cultivation, hand weeding and extensive use of mulches, either living, organic or plastic
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. *
Safer soap, pyrethrins, sticky traps, neem oil and Bt. Our use is very sparing with all pesticides. Our primary insect problems are aphids in the greenhouse and hoophouses which we find we can control fairly well with carefully selected crops, and squash and cucumber beetles which we control with Bt in addition to hand picking and removing egg clusters. We typically try to grow crops that have low insect pressure, allowing us to reduce our need for pest controls.
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. *
Our primary disease problems come in tomatoes, and we built hoophouses in which we grow tomatoes now, dramatically reducing our disease problems in that area. We rotate crops in a fairly wide rotation to be sure that disease cycles are reduced as much as possible, and work to produce healthy plants that are minimally stressed while growing to reduce susceptibility.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use almost exclusively drip irrigation that is run from the house well.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

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. *
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Richters in Canada or from other farmers in my area.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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). *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
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. *
To the south is a country road, but we do not produce any edible crops within approximately 100ft of the road. We use that area for perennial flowers and shrubs for cut flowers. To the east is our only agricultural border, but along the entire length is about a 30 foot depth of treeline, then the railroad levee, and more treeline before the neighboring crop begins. To the north is a creek that creates a 50-60 yard buffer before reaching the grounds of a school and woods. The west side is edged primarily by wooded lots and a couple of houses on the other side of our tree line which is 20-30 feet deep.


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: