Produce Application

Wild Coyote Farm

Owner: Shelli & Paul Meulemans

Address:
2175 E Hinchman Rd
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Berrien County

daytime phone: (269) 277-3621
evening phone: (269) 277-3621
Web site: http://www.wildcoyotefarm.com

Application Date: 2017-05-08

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are committed to and already using natural, sustainable, organic farming practices as required by CNG certification. As a small new family farm, organic certification is not a viable option at this time and we like how CNG is a grass-roots program for growers not big corporations. We want our local customers to feel confident in our growing practices and support other CNG farmers.
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? *
Paul read about CNG in an online article a couple of years ago.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
4.31
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.75
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
.25
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
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: *
As needed, we till with a tractor and rototiller. We minimize the need for tilling by using permanent raised beds, cover crops, and pasturing the chickens on the garden plots.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats, mammoth red clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We compost our produce scraps and chicken litter from inside their coop. We also purchase compost from a local company to supplement our needs and ensure our soil health is optimal.
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". *
25 cu ft per 100 ft x 30 in bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We use chicken manure from our flock and purchase pelleted chicken manure 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". *
1.6 gallons per 100 ft x 30 in bed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring
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. *
Limestone and dolomitic lime are being spread once this year to raise the pH of the recently cleared acreage we are in the process of optimizing the soil health of. Our chickens also pasture on the garden plots in between plantings.
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. *
Quack grass, clover, yellow rocket; mechanical (hand-pulling, cultivation, chickens, cover crops).
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. *
Colorado potato beetle larvae: mechanical (hand-pick off plants). Apple maggots: kaolin clay sprayed after rain during fruiting, ducks pasture, traps. Squash vine borer: crop rotation, mechanical removal, traps, trap planting, crop covers. Flea beetles: spinosad as needed.
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. *
Powdery mildew: crop rotation, resistant varieties, cleanliness, two applications of diluted copper if needed per season. Tomato blight: crop rotation, pruning, cleanliness, trellising.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Our well-water.
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. *
To the south, the main road (which is higher grade than our property) and an additional 20 feet separate our land from the neighbor's residence and some conventional corn. To the east, our property slopes up to a road and non-farming residences in a neighborhood. To the west, we are separated from a conventional corn field by a 20-50 ft buffer zone including a stream and most of it has trees, berms, and brush grown up. To the north, our property comes to a point which is grown up in trees.

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: