Produce Application

Edible Acre

Owner: Kim Minestra

Address:
1600 Dodge Ave
Nutrition Services
Evanston, IL 60201
Cook County

Application Date: 2018-02-22

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We love the relationships and opportunities our garden has provided to the ETHS students and community. We're proud to market our garden as pesticide/fertilizer free and want to make our natural practices official by certifying as Naturally Grown! We hope by adding this certification, students will feel pride and security when eating our sustainably grown produce.
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? *
Online Research

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.75
Fruit Crops:
.1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.15
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:
ETHS cafeteria

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No Tillage system
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats and peas; sometimes buckwheat and clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
yes, on the 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". *
about 2 inches deep
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. *
fish emulsion; use varies with each season
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. *
Normal weed problems that are diminished by mulching with straw and controlled by hand cultivation
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. *
We use plant based pesticides (pyganic, safer soap) but sparingly. We use intercropping, companion planting, and flowers to attract specific insects away from crops. With this practices insect challenges are kept to a minimum.
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. *
Organic practices; We use crop rotation and normal hygienics to control for potential disease issues. (no dead debris)
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
The city provides water source
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 - potting mix is Cowsmo Green Potting soil. Ingredients are: Peat, Cowsmo Compost, perlite, lime, rock phosphate, meat and bone meal, and kelp
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. *
Locked gate and fence keeps potential contamination from people out and about 10-15 yards around the garden separate us from the road on three sides. One side of the garden is next to housing with no known pesticide use. There are raspberry hedge rows around the garden to protect from potential contamination.

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:
Our farm is more of a garden that we mostly use for the school cafeteria. It is small and we hope to earn this certification so we can confidently serve fresh, delicious, and sustainable food to our students.