Produce Application

Virgin Earth Farm

Owner: Gregory Wixtrom

Address:
2480 Yukon Trail
Republic, MI 49879
Marquette County

daytime phone: (906) 458-6436
evening phone: (906) 458-6436

Application Date: 2013-05-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been following organic standards for years I might as well be certified. I want the public to be assured that my produce is of the highest quality.
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? *
Other farmers in our farm club.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
10
Number of above acreage that you own: *
10
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
7
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1.5
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Cover crops in 3 or 4 year rotation, oats/clover, buckwheat, spelt, rye.
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: *
White 2-70, 3 bottom plow, 10' disc, 8'chisel plow, BCS tiller, Planet Jr.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats, Buckwheat, rye, millet
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm
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". *
1-2 inches deep
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. *
Worm castings, bituminous coal powder (Nutri-carb)from Ridzon Farms, OH, Black rock phosphate, Blood meal, feather meal, clean wood ash, lime, liquid fish w/kelp, Fertrell super N 4-2-4 which consists of peanut meal, dried poultry manure, bone meal, kelp, greensand, aragonite, sulfer. Phostrell rock phosphate.
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? *
yes
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. *
Dandelion, dock, smartweed, thistle, knotweed, carpetweed, purslane, chickweed,quackgrass- moldboard plowing in fall, Inside the greenhouses dig out all weeds by hand in the spring. thistle, raspberry in spots-frequent mowing or tilling tansy, burdock around the edges and by fence posts- chop them down before they go to seed. I use my Planet Jr. with an 8" or 12" stirrup knife early in the season on Lambsquarters, smartweed, dock, and various annual weeds and grasses.
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. *
Aphids on brassica seedlings - red pepper, neem spray once or twice in 2 weeks. Praying mantis if you don't have cats. Colorado potato beetle - fertilize to out grow the damage, side dress blood meal, or wet the leaves with liquid fish w/kelp. Pick off adults when they are laying their eggs. Spot spray with Bt every 2 weeks in July, 2 or 3 times. But I seldom spray and I don't have time to pick the bugs, so planting vigorous varieties and fertilizing with blood or feather meal to grow faster than the bugs eat. Cucumber beetles on cucumbers and ground cherries. If the plants get well established, they usually outgrow the damage. They don't seem to attack the volunter ground cherries.
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. *
Late blight on tomatoes and potatoes - Garden's Alive plant guardian bio fungicide, about 3 times in August. Blight resistant varieties-potatoes-Satina, tomato-hybrid Rave. Powdery Mildew on squash and cucumbers in greenhouse - spray with baking soda. I only sprayed a little neem once on the tomatoes and it kept them from dying completely in the small pyramid, and they started blooming again in September. I have a product called Fungastop from an online source in Iowa, I haven't used it much for blight but seems to help. Also keeps deer from eating the potato plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well water
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. *
All neighboring land is natural forest and there is no spraying for miles. There is an 80 foot buffer from Yukon Trail.

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:
I use a 32 foot square greenhouse pyramid aligned to magnetic north. It is heated with hot water from an outside wood furnace. One of my main crops is French Cornichons and my newest vegetable is parsley root, requested by a Czech customer.