Produce Application

Blue Gate Farm

Owner: Jill Beebout and Sean Skeehan

Address:
749 Wyoming St
Chariton, IA 50049
Marion County

daytime phone: (641) 203-1709
Web site: http://www.bluegatefarmfresh.com

Application Date: 2014-05-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We currently sell our products through the Des Moines Farmers Market and our CSA. We feel that standardized certification is valuable, and appreciate the more holistic view that is espoused through CNG, as opposed to the big business and political gyrations of USDA Organic.
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? *
Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) conference in 2005

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
30
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
30
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
4
Fruit Crops:
2
Hay:
8
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
16
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: *
BCS walking tractor
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oilseed radish, annual rye, oats, clover, buckwheat, sorgum sudan grass and field peas.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Barn cleanings (straw, hay, manure) from local goat dairy, on farm grass clippings and vegetable waste - all composted for at least 18 months prior to application. Occasionally loads of chipped tree limbs from local utility company.
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
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Barn cleanings (straw, hay, manure) from local goat dairy - all composted for at least 18 months prior to application.
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
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
late fall or early spring
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. *
foliar feed w/ liquid seaweed & fish emulsion; dry kelp and fish meal; Huma-cal (quality finished compost with a blend of lime) for acidic soils;
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. *
Grass and annual broadleaves. Mulching and hand weeding/hoeing plus propane torch.
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. *
Whitefly, aphids, squash bugs, cucumber beetles, beneficial insect populations, hard water sprays, manual removal, sticky traps Dipel (Bacillus thuringiensis); Nolobait (flaky wheat bran coated with Paranosema (Nosema) locustae spores) for grass hoppers.
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. *
Manual removal.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Pond water, collected rainwater, and rural 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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Steele Plants (organic sweet potatoes) Ronniger Potato Farm (CNG seed potatoes) Garden Pantry (organic herb plants)
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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). *
N/A
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 fields (corn and beans) near our east border and south borders.
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. *
East border - row crops 1000 + feet away - buffered by alfalfa feild then existing and developing hedge row. South border - row crops 1500 + feet away - buffered by high bush cranberry hedge row, restored prarie,and partial timber North and West - acres of timber against other farm's pasture and prarie

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:
We keep honey bees without chemicals or pressure filtering (haven't found enough natural be keepers nearby to qualify under CNG standards. We keep about 150 layers on pasture - conventional bag feed but hopefully converting to non-GMO and/or organic feed in 2014. In 2013 we adopted a mating pair of alpaca. Jill will incorporate their fiber with her hand-spun yarn.