Produce Application

Silverbeet Farm LLC

Owner: Chanterelle Vogtmann

Address:
26041 county road 681
Bangor, MI 49013
Van buren County

Mailing Address:
7458 South 25th St
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

daytime phone: 1-269-808-7773

Application Date: 2016-11-26

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been farming to organic standards for many years; as my business expands I am seeking an effective way to communicate and verify my practices where a personal connection hasn't been established yet or is not possible. I am applying to a farmers market where third party certification is a prerequisite so there is some urgency to my application. I appreciate the grass roots and peer review aspect of CNG and I think it could be a good fit for my farm business.
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? *
From another farmer.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
2.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
0.5
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: *
in areas where thick grass has grown we moldboard plow in spring, allow material to break down and follow with chisel plow, disk harrow and a light rototilling if a finer seedbed is required prior to planting. In areas with less heavy growth we can employ the disk harrow either on its own or followed by a shallow pass with rototiller. We try to use the most minimally invasive tool needed for the job, plant crops or apply mulch as soon after the ground has been worked and are careful never to work wet ground.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, red clover, oats, rye, field peas.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Leaf compost from a local 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". *
applied by hand to specific beds throughout the season, about 1
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local poultry manure and/or local horse manure.
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 tons per acre annually.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Early February.
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. *
Soluble kelp and fish emulsion at time of transplant and for foliar applications.
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. *
Quackgrass,, large crabgrass, foxtail, sand burr in moister areas, pigweed, curly dock, hairy galingosa, ragweed and giant ragweed. We strive to employ a multi pronged approach to keeping weeds at a manageable level. We utilize mechanical tractor mounted cultivators, mulches, crop rotation and cultivation with hand tools, as well as taking steps to maintain healthy soil ecology.
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. *
Flea beetles, crop rotation, floating row cover, kaolin clay at planting for transplanted crops or at emergence for direct seeded crops. Cabbage moth caterpillars and cabbage loopers, kaolin clay or floating row cover at time of transplanting; bacillus thurigensis applied every 1-3 weeks as necessary. Squash bugs and cucumber beetles, kaolin clay at planting and as needed, Foliar applications of kelp and fish emulsion to help plants rapidly outgrow damage, crop rotation, 1-2 applications of Entrust for extreme infestations. Colorado potato beetles, crop rotation, physical inspection of plants to remove and destroy eggs and larvae.
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. *
Anthracnose, early and or late blight, powdery mildew, downy mildew, rust, cercospora, our main approach to disease control for all these listed is crop rotation, disease resistant varietal selection, removal of diseased plant material, and focusing on growing healthy plants that can withstand or outgrow disease pressures. For fungal and bacterial disease we use Actinovate as a preventative on susceptible crops before planting in the field and as monitoring or weather conditions indicate.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water for watering plants in greenhouse and water from pond located on property for field crop 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") *
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. *
My plots are both located within a 40 acre certified organic vegetable farm. To the east is another 20 acres of certified organic land, to the north is roughly 60 acres of fallow fields, woodland and a small scale pastured goat dairy, the nearest road to my flower plot is about 500 feet to the west and 30 feet to the south with a buffer of trees in between, on the other side of the road is a residential neighborhood. My vegetable plot is well over 1000' from anything other than organic farm or fallow land.

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: