Produce Application

Peterson's Country Gardens

Owner: Evelyn Peterson

Address:
4501 w wILLARD RD
POBox 93
Birch Run, MI 48415
Genesee County

Mailing Address:
POBox 93
Birch Run, MI 48415

daytime phone: (989) 525-4206
evening phone: (810) 686-0069

Application Date: 2019-03-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
To get the certication.showing your customers that what you sell is truly organic.Its so much important now to eat organic.My husband and I were so far ahead growing and sell organic produce by we were too small to be USDA certified.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
With you
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Friend.Had several other growes join.Being a master gardner,I certified other farms also

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/8
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/8
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: *
hand hoe
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
organic compost,sterlized soil
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". *
varied
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
buy from al-peat company in elsie, mi
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. *
just pull weeds by hand.never used any weed killers.lots of hand hoeing.the old fashion way.i sold my culavators and big tractor also.just want to do what I can by myself.im 82 but I still plant and grow herbs by myself.
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. *
lady bugs and yellow stickers,hose plants down with water.used flourto control bugs.im an old time farmer.dont use any chemical sprasys.use homemade simple solutionss
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. *
if I have a problem, I would find the disase, check out which organic method to use or simply destry the plant and learn how to handlevitbto prevent it from coming back,but mothret nature has the upper hand.you win some,you lose some and them there are the rabbits and deer,theybhave to eat too.we always planted more for them.use fences,but deer jump them.also woodchucks are a problem.too much rain,drought,hot,frost,you name it.its partb of growing.some years you have a bumper crop,next year you lose whatbyou grow.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
private 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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
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. *
across road they grow soybeans and corn,but bi am at least 500' away,with duplex as a barrier.on the north.horses raised to the esst,no growing,south,no growing,west kitty corner 1000 ft with eith corn oir beans but woods and a house as barrier.weve been certified before.im onlybgrow mostlyb herbs that I can handle.

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:
Love producing herbs.i grow more varies that box store sells.i like to can my organic vegetables in a certified kitchen to sell also.i dont have my husband to help me so im trying to do what I can.the farm marketis smaller and im notgoing to sell thousands of dollars of organic food like Ier did before.stll have a green thumb,