Produce Application

Yooper Produce

Owner: Laura Marohnic

Address:
1168 9th Rd
Bark River, MI 49807-9713
Delta County

daytime phone: (906) 280-5434
evening phone: (906) 280-5434
Web site: http://www.yooperproduce.com

Application Date: 2017-02-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been growing for the past 5 years using all natural processes, fertilizer from our rabbits, and natural forms of pest management, like lady bugs, birds, etc. To become USDA certified organic to too expensive for our little farm. I would like some certification that shows we strive to be all natural.
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? *
Googling online.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2-3 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
100%
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? *
20 acres
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
Hay for the local cattle ranch. (no chemical spray of fertilizer)
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1 acre
Fruit Crops:
2 acre
Hay:
20 acres
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
50 acres wetland and wooded
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: *
Gas hand tiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
white clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm vegetable plant matter, grass clippings, and rabbit droppings. Horse manure from sister-in-laws 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". *
5 wheel barrow per 1000 square feet.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm rabbit production manure and horse manure from sister-in-law farm that we know is also chemical free.
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". *
250 lbs per 1000 square foot.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall before the winter freeze.
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. *
Food grade Epson salt and wood ash from our house heating system (hard wood only).
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. *
I use weed block fabric and hand weeding for weed control. Family come in June and July to hand weed.
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. *
In the high tunnel we have issues with aphids which I bought lady bugs and it wiped them out. I have aphids outside and rinsed plants off. Potato bugs one year and the wild turkeys flew into the garden and wiped them out. Other pests I hand pick.
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. *
Smut on corn but we just removed that during husking. Watching blueberries for disease but I purchased the plants out-of-state from a certified grower to be safe.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well and rain water collection.
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") *
NA
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Fruit plants from certified natural grows.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
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). *
NA
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 growing area is in the middle of our 74 acres, over 1000 ft from the main road. All open areas near and around our growing area is controlled by us and we do not use chemicals on the conventional field or our in our yard. We mow about 6 acreas around growing area and there are woods, wetlands, and barrier fields around us. I did have the NCAR come and do an audit to make sure we had safe, natural procedures.

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. *
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