Produce Application

Ward Vegetables

Owner: John Ward

Address:
23380 16 Mile Rd
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Mecosta County

daytime phone: (517) 745-5913
evening phone: (517) 745-5913
Web site: http://wardvegetables.com

Application Date: 2016-03-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Everything we do at Ward Vegetables is based on organic and natural. Soil is our top priority. We want to be able to let our customers know that we are treating our land, plants, and local environment right and by becoming Certified Naturally Grown we are able to actively demonstrate that.
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? *
Through reading literature like Acres USA and searching for certification programs via the internet.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
80
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
20
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimal tillage but utilize a walking tractor with shallow tillage and a power harrower. We are constantly building our organic matter to add value to the soil both in biology and humus.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
vetch, oats, buckwheat, radish, turnip, cow pea, rye, clover, winter wheat. All gardens are seeded in the fall to keep the plots covered and active. We also use green manures throughout the growing season by planting buckwheat in resting plots or as a short-term crop prior to planting another cash crop.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm grasses, straw, and green manure (buckwheat).
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". *
varies on plot
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm chicken manure in plots that are resting for season. The manure is applied during the fall and winter months.
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". *
varies
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall and winter
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. *
All mineral/rock, TN Brown Rock, Boraon, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium, Sulfur. We do soil test yearly to make sure we are replenishing what our crops utilize during the growing season. Our soil tests indicated we were deficient in manganese, zinc, copper sulfate, and boron. We used Crop Services International (CSI) for our soil testing.
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. *
Our weed issues have resulted from inactive areas being tilled and bringing up a variety of weed seed to in a new plot and also from using horse manure from off-farm bringing in weed (past practice, have not brought offsite manure in for last two years). Primary weeds are purslane, various grasses, thistle, ragweed. Our control methods are hand weeding, hoeing, and light cultivation with hand tools. We will be using a flame weeder in certain areas this year.
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. *
Primary insects are the Colorado Potato Beetle, Jap beetle, Stink Bug, slugs, Maggot Fly larva, and cut worms. Our control methods are hand picking, pheromone traps (jap beetle 100 yards from gardens), food grade Diatomaceous earth (maggot fly larva), eggshells and coffee grounds.
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. *
We have few disease challenges but we do have some fungal disease which is primarily handled by cutting off affected areas or pulling plants. We do live in an area where early and light blight are and we grow plants like tomatoes in a hoop house to minimize. In the past when these have hit us we pull and burn the plants and rest the area for a year.
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 irrigation.
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") *
We grow our own transplants with zero chemical inputs just like we grow all of our direct seeded plants.
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. *
There is a small farm to our West which we have a buffer zone from their field by 100 plus yards. Other farms in the area are approximately 1/2 mile to 1 mile away from us

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 believe that the health of our soil is of the most importance. Soil health creates nutrient dense foods that taste awesome and are healthy for you. We create organic matter every year on our farm to improve our water holding capacity and improve our soil biology.