Produce Application

Kelley Creek Gardens

Owner: Jayson Kelley

Address:
57231 Angevine Rd
Centreville, MI 49032
St joseph County

daytime phone: (269) 207-0541
evening phone: (269) 207-0541
Web site: http://www.kelleycreekgardens.com

Application Date: 2016-08-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am applying because I would like to sell to some local stores that require us to be certified. I want the proof to tell people that what they are eating is safe. And that we try our best to provide 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? *
Come across it online.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
approx. 20
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
It is rented to a farmer that grows wheat, corn, and beans.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
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:
I want to certify Gourmet Garlic!
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: *
Tractor with three bottom plow and disc
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Currently, alfalfa. Have used buckwheat in the past.
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". *
30-40 yds per 1/2 acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local fair
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". *
20 yds per 1/2 acre
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. *
None to this point
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. *
We mulch our garlic in the fall to keep the weeds down. In the spring all weeding is done by hand.
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. *
Although we have not encountered any pests or diseases for garlic, or are aware of any in our area, we have discovered through research that thrips could be a possible problem. What we would do is try to create refugia areas. Right now we have alfalfa planted in our plots that are not garlic. If thrips would be present in the alfalfa fields as we mow they would tend to migrate to taller weeds or plants. That's where we would create a refugia area around the garlic that would contain thrip predators, controlling the problem. Currently we have designated four half acre fields that we rotate every year to try and control any pest or fungus issues. Hopefully this information helps. Thank you..
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. *
See above.
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 if we have to.
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? *
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.) *
Possibly: To the east 50 feet is conventional farming on our rented land.. However, drifted is avoided. Garlic is harvested in July so I believe the farmer sprayed one time in the spring and I believe it was Round-up, before bean planting. On the east buffer, prevailing winds are west to east so blowing away from my field. There is also a slope from west to east also running away from my field. Spray is applied from the ground. There is approx. 50 ft between my garlic field and conventional farming. There is alfalfa growing between them.
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. *
To the west there is 60 feet to the road and 50 feet on the other side of the road is conventional farming, corn . To the North is a row of pine trees and a house then a road. On the South side is a pole barn 300 feet away. On the east 50 feet away is conventional farming, beans .

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: