Songbird FarmOwner: Erica Aube
4400 Pontiac Trail
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
155 W. Hayes Ave.
Hazel Park, MI 48030
Web site: http://www.farmsongbird.com
Application Date: 2018-03-05
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- My farm follows National Organic Standards, but not certified currently as we are located at an incubator property. I feel the certified naturally grown label will offer reassurance to my customers and community that we are doing all that we can to provide naturally grown, healthy produce to them. I also feel the National Organic Label has lost it's focus on supporting small organic farms.
- 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? *
- Online Farmer forum
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- aprox 3/4 acre
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- aprox 3/4 acre
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- 3/4 acre
- 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:
- GROW Eastern Market
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Rototilling, low till when possible by using tarps for weed suppression, broadfork for bed prep, and landscape fabric to keep beds pliable and clean.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Sorghum Sudangrass, and adding buckwheat this season.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm vermicompost and purchased via Morgan's.
- 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". *
- 1-2 yd /acre
- 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. *
- Revita-Pro (OMRI). Potting mix: Seed Catapult from Ohio Earth Foods (ingredients: sphagnum peat, sharp sand, perlite, revita plus with kelp, humate, soft rock phosphate, rock minerals, fish meal, and crab meal, endomycorrhize, clay as carrier/inert ingredient)
- 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. *
- Canada Thistle- Field Cover Crop w/ Sorghum Sudangrass to smother it out Mow before it goes to seed Landscape Fabric to reduce pressure Tarp field areas not in use or not in cover crop to encourage thistle to grow and use it's energy stock. Chickweed- cultivate early and often with hula hoe, wheel hoe, collinear hoe. Hand weed if necessary
- 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. *
- flea beetles - row cover at planting, reducing brassica plantings, crop rotation aphids- overhead watering to reduce populations, crop rotations, row cover, and considering adding beneficial insects this year (ladybeetle). I have not used safer soap yet, but am considering it this season. tomato hornworms- hand pick daily, crop rotation Using integrated pest management for all pest issues is important.
- 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 on squash and pumpkins- I am considering using compost tea and baking soda/water as a preventative this season, always keep good field hygiene, crop rotation, disease resistant varieties, and may look into OMRI approved options this year if it becomes a problem. Disease monitoring is very important. Weekly farm walks help keep us up to date on any pending disease or pest pressure issues.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We use well irrigation.
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- I grow everything following NOP standards, organically grown.
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- 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. *
- There is a buffer separating my hoop house and flower field from an adjacent property which includes a treeline. The buffer between this edge of the field/hoop and the neighboring property varies from aprox 75'-250' My other field has a buffer of an adjacent 1/4 acre field (organically managed) followed by a treeline and at least 5 acres of pasture (managed with organic practices). Both fields are situated within a 40 acre plot of land so there is ample buffer on every side.
- 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 have managed the land for 2 years, this (2018) is my third season. Although not currently organic certified, it has been managed in with organic practices. The incubator program my farm leases land from (Tilian Farm Development Center) requires all farms to follow organic practices and does not allow GMO's or conventional inputs. My farm is always trying to increase our biological soil health, increasing cover crops each year, learning new ways to feed the soil for better soil heath. We strive to improve our ability to steward the land as naturally as possible. Soil health is the backbone of healthy crops and holistic farm systems. Our focus it to learn from nature, and respond with smart calculated decisions that mimic natural cycles and provide us with an opportunity to grow great food.