Produce Application

Silver Creek Gardens

Owner: Mike Snell

Address:
2055 West Eilers Drive
Whitehall, MI 49461
Muskegon County

daytime phone: (231) 730-1430
evening phone: (231) 730-1430

Application Date: 2017-01-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a new market farm and are beginning the process of setting up Farmer's Markets to sell at in the spring /summer. Because we are new in this business, we were unaware about this program. All of our farming methods are organic and we were very pleased to learn about the possibility of this certification.
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? *
Sweetwater Local Foods Market in Muskegon Michigan suggested this certification.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.4 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
22
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 acres
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.1 acres
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
cut flowers
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: *
Our system of tillage is a minimum tillage system. We use 30" beds with 12' walkways between them. Initial bed set up is done with a rotary plow. Harrowing the top inch of each bed as well as bed sterilization (using tarps)is the practice between crops throughout the growing season.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, tillage radishes, Crimson clover, field peas, and vetch.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Our compost is purchased from Morgan's Composting,Inc.
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". *
The compost , based on our soil tests, will be put on at 1 inch per bed.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Manure was procured from a local beef farmer. Pelleted poultry manure is also used.
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". *
Initial manure application was 40 yard for 1/3 acre or about 113 yards per acre. The pelleted poultry manure was applied (per soil tests) at 3000 lbs per acre.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
The beef manure was applied in the spring of 2016 and the Poultry manure was added in July and August of 2016.
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. *
Green Sand, Blood meal and Lime.
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. *
Likely challenges will be Lambsquarter (Due to the manure application in the spring), crab grass and Purslane. The main control method will be initial sterilization of the beds in the spring, flame weeding, using plastic mulch for the tomatoes, landscape fabric in the walkways and in some crops as well as mechanical methods (The hoe, harrowing the only the top 1-2 inches of the beds between).
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. *
The primary insect problem will be the Tomato Horn worm. In our test plot this past season we grew various varieties of heirloom tomatoes in a hoop house as well as in the open. The varieties were the same in both locations and the two 30 foot rows were next to each other. The only difference was the companion planting of Mexican Sunflowers in the bed outside. Every other plant in that set up was a sunflower. The sides of the hoop house were rolled up 24 inches for ventilation. The tomatoes in the hoop house had an pretty good infestation of hornworm were as the row with companion plants had none. This year, the tomatoes will be planted outside with the sunflower companion planting as well as a netting (beginning in July) to help deter rodent (squirrel) damage which also was a problem in the hoop house.
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. *
The primary disease challenge will be tomato blight. We will be using black plastic mulch as well as drip tape irrigation under the mulch and an aggressive pruning program to help deter the spores from getting on the foliage.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Water source will be from a well and piped through drip tape.
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. *
Our farm is .2 miles from the main road. A private road/power easement is approximately 300 feet to the south. 400 feet south is a residential yard but limited application of commercial fertilizer are applied and then only in granular form. Also to the south and 2 miles away, is a farm that produces hay. North, east and west are large tracks of timber. The only commercial crops being grown in the area is the previously mentioned hay farm to the south.

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:
The 2017 growing season will be our first season of production. Our plants are started in a nursery that we constructed in our home (basement). It is a 15x18 room. The plants are started using soil blocks and a soil mix using organically recognized ingredients (soil, green sand, beach sand, peat moss, lime, organic certified fertilizer and organic certified compost. The lighting is LED red/blue spectrum T8 grow bulbs in modified florescent fixtures. Plants are started on a heated grow mat and hand watered. The lighting is timer controlled. Our farm has been Environmentally Verified through the State of Michigan as of 2016.