Produce Application

Hayes Farms

Owner: Matthew & Denise Hayes

Address:
9193 N Oak Ave
Paris, MI 49338
Newaygo County

daytime phone: (231) 796-1247
evening phone: (231) 796-1247
Web site: http://hayesfarms.org

Application Date: 2016-02-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe the foods we eat should be grown in a way that feeds not only us but the earth and animals in a synergistic way. We have grown produce for many years without chemicals and have been sharing those with consumers at the local farmers markets and would like to be able to tell people we have been certified as growing their veggies in a natural environmentally sustainable way.
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? *
Ward Vegetables Big Rapids, MI

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
5
Fruit Crops:
0.001
Hay:
200
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: *
minimum till and Cultivator
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
oats, rye, clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm and purchased from Morgan Composting Sears, MI.
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". *
one ton per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
on farm chicken, and goat, and sheep.
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". *
one to two ton per acre as needed per soil test
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall
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. *
gypsum, limestone, Natures Safe 13-0-0
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. *
Ragweed, lambquarters, quack grass, and other perennial grasses. We pull them and use a cultivator a couple of times and then use clover to suppress as well as weed barriers and mulch.
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. *
Most common insects problems are potato beetles, cucumber striped beetle, tomato horn worm and aphids. We hand remove as soon as noticed to cut down. also some diatomaceous earth. Keeping soil healthy keeps plants strong and they fight off many pests. Also we welcome natural predators like the praying mantis.
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. *
Powdery mildew- cut down on water increase air flow with staking, trellis is possible and removal of infected plants as soon as possible.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use well water for 99% of our veggie irrigation. the other 1% is from our own spring fed pond.
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? *
Jolly Farmer and only non edible flowers.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
spoke with rep.
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). *
flowers for flower baskets
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 our garden and vegetable production is surrounded by more acreage of our farm that produces all naturally grown animals and crops. The buffers are along the road with 20 feet minimum from road.

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: