Produce Application

Tiny Giant Farm

Owner: Benjamin Brown

Address:
2920 Maple Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Kalamazoo County

daytime phone: (989) 750-3148
evening phone: (989) 750-3148
Web site: http://www.tinygiantfarm.com

Application Date: 2019-02-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I highly value natural and sustainable growing methods. I love the community/ grassroots aspect of CNG. I think that it is important to have an accountability system in place for farms that claim to be sustainable. I believe that my customers will appreciate a certification.
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? *
Several farmers I know and trust are CNG, including Sweeter Days Farm, Ashland City TN.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.5 Acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0.5 Acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.45 Acres
Fruit Crops:
0.05 Acres
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
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: *
BCS 749 Two Wheel Tractor
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, Oats, Winter Wheat, Winter Rye, Clover, Cowpeas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete, on 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". *
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. *
lime - once per season as necessary, bloodmeal- as a soil mix fertilizer for transplants, feathermeal - once per planting, alfalfa meal - once per planting, rock phosphate - twice per year as needed from soil testing, pelleted chicken droppings- per planting, boron - twice per year as needed from soil testing, fish emulsion - once a week on greenhouse transplants, kelp meal - twice per year.
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. *
Crab Grass - occultation, cultivation, stale seed-bedding Galinsoga - occultation, cultivation, tine weeding, flame weeding, stale-seed bedding Pigweed - occultation, cultivation, tine weeding, flame weeding, stale-seed bedding
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, pyganic in extreme cases (1 x /10 days) Aphids - insecticidal soap, 1 x / week Cabbage Worms - row cover, Bt spray - 1 x / week Potato Beetles - rowcover, handpicking, spinosad if necessary - 1 x / week Cucumber Beetles - rowcover, pyganic (1 x / 10 days)
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. *
Downy / Powdery Mildew - oxidate 1x week, sulfur and copper in extreme cases alternating every other week. Late Blight- Copper - 1 x week Leaf Mold- oxidate - 1 x week, copper if worse
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City Water - Kalamazoo
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") *
All transplants grown w/ CNG Methods.
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. *
On West side - over 100 feet to road, blocked by our house. On East Side - 50 feet of woods between residential yards On North Side - 20 feet of woods between residential yard, in some spaces, no woods, fence partitions yards, agreement with neighbor not to use any chemical products on his back yard. South- Fence separates from blank residential lot. agreement with neighbor not to use any chemical products on their yard.

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. *
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