Produce Application

Natural Cycles Farm, LLC

Owner: Peter Robertson

Address:
3031 102nd Avenue
Allegan, MI 49010
Allegan County

daytime phone: (616) 666-2260
evening phone: (616) 666-2260

Application Date: 2017-04-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
To join a thriving community of quality producers that certify each other.
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? *
Other farmers shared their involvement.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
36
Number of above acreage that you own: *
36
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.00
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
Fruit Crops:
2
Hay:
15
Grains/Beans:
2
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Pasture
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: *
BCS Tiller, disk or plow.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Legumes (soy, clovers, alfalfa), grasses (oats, rye, barley), natural.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Farm generated
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". *
2 - 5 tons/acre per year
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
We purchase base materials to make a Common Organic Fertilizer. Alfalfa meal, non-GMO soybean meal, bone meal, Kelp Meal and lime/oyster shell.
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. *
Quack grass - hand pulling roots during soft soil conditions. Broadleaf weeds including pigweed, lambsquarter, and horsenettle - careful hoeing and elimination of plants prior to seed set.
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. *
CPB- Hand harvest and crushing of egg masses. Cabbage Loopers -Diatomaceous earth and in rare situations OMRI approved pyrethrin. Tomato Hornworms- hand harvest. Aphids in brassicas -soapy water spray to reduce active populations (we will use dr. bronners castile soap)
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. *
Tomato Blights- deep mulch to minimize soil splash and wide row spacing to improve air flow. Verticillium Wilt in potatoes, rotations and culling affected plants. Black Rot in brassicas -rotations , wide spacing between beds, and culling affected plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Farm well. Newly updated Novemeber 2016.
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 - I have mixed my own potting mix, using Eliot Coleman's blocking mix. Ingredients include farm produced compost, sand, and garden soil along with OMRI approved peat. A common organic fertilizer is added. The mix comes from Steve Solomon's work. My mix contains; Alfalfa meal (non-GMO), bone meal, kelp meal and ag lime.
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 vegetable field is in the center of our 36 acres. It is over 400 yards from the nearest neighbor.

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 observe and practice Biodynamic growing methods. These include producing our own composts from our land. Adding sheep and poultry to the farm has us generating excellent composts.