Green Eyed LadyOwner: Laura Petitgoue
3591 E. 8000 S. Rd,
St. Anne, IL 60964
daytime phone: (815) 644-5252
evening phone: (815) 644-5252
Application Date: 2018-01-22
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I need this certification to sell the lavender that I grow in the Green City Market in Chicago, IL for 2018 season.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- To be a part of Green City Market in Chicago, IL, one’s Farm must be certified by your organization. That market gave me your contact information.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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: *
- We rented disc to till land in year one (2015), and we applied manure in year one (2015) with disc. No tillage required since then.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- It is recommended to use a low nitrogen fertilizer, if needed, but my study indicates that fertilizing stimulates leaf production and not flower and oil. if I do use a fertilizer, I will use tea bag compost.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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 a nylon mess fabric weed barrier that the lavender rows are planted in. In th aisles I planted grass, and I mow the aisles.
- 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. *
- Likely challenges of Spittle bugs in spring. It is recommended to simply wash off the bugs with a strong spray of water. Another likely challenge is Aphids spreading Alfalfa Mosaic Virus. It is recommended to remove affected plants and burn them.
- 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. *
- Likely challenge is root rot, caused by fungus. It is recommended to remove and destroy affected plants. Future planting will be done in an area with good soil drainage.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- I bought a drip irrigation system. I use well water. It’s our drinking water too.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc. in Grant Park, IL
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- I called them.
- 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). *
- I bought the plants from the nursery over a year ago and no synthetic fertilizers have been used on my farm.
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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 North, West, and South are organic hay fields. To the east I are conventional corn and soybeans grown at a distance of 100 yards.
- 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:
- I intend to plant 2 acres of lavender.