Produce Application

Adams Home Grown Produce

Owner: Allan (Al) and Dr. Al Adams

Address:
1813 Primrose Ln
Osceola, IA 50213-8143
Clarke County

daytime phone: (641) 208-0669
evening phone: (641) 208-0669

Application Date: 2018-09-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been preaching organic gardening for over a decade and looked at becoming a Certified Organic Gardener, but the cost is prohibitive considering the size of my gardens. Now I state that my produce is grown pesticide free, herbicide free and using only natural fertilizers. I tried stating that my produce was grown using organic practices but was stopped by the organic people. This is why I am applying to be part of the CNG program.
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? *
from Becky Houseberg

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
all
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
60%
Fruit Crops:
20%
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Herbs - 20%
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: *
Mantis tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Last winter clover; this winter I expect to grow buckwheat.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
I make my own compost from garden weeds, plant kitchen scraps.
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 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
This year race horse manure and rabbit manure. Last year cow manure from grass fed beef catt.e
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 inches tilled into the graden soil
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring (March) after fall and after the first frost.
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. *
Lime every 3 years
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. *
pig weed, smart weed, water grass, wild flowers. I either till the weeds under, hoe or hand pull.
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. *
Squash bugs - spray with a solution of biodegradable dish soap and water, and destroying their eggs as I find them. Tomato horn worms- none so far this year - Hand pick and squash them. Cabbage worms - using BT solution
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. *
Early blight on the tomatoes - spray a solution of diluted hydrogen peroxide. Also place grass on the soil under the plants to prevent spores from being knocked up on the leaves by rain.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City 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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Organic sources.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
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). *
not listed on paper application
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. *
None of my neighbors use Evergreen Lawn Service or apply commercial weed control agents. There is a commercial farm a half block away but there is a home between it and my proprerty to block any spraying.

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:
This year I have almost zero cucumber beetles, no Japanese beetles. And so far no tomato horn worms. I am producing more cucumbers and melons than I can sell. There is a glut of cucumbers and zucchini at the local farmers markets so I donate the excess to a local food bank.