Produce & Flowers

Three Sisters Garden

Owner: Tracey Vowell

Address:
Kankakee, IL

daytime phone: (312) 399-5585
evening phone: (312) 399-5585
Web site: http://threesistersgardenkankakee.com

Application Date: 2022-05-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am returning to certification this year. Our practices have not changed.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CNG-2010-2020
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I have been a certified farm already.
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
Peer collaboration, trial and error, books, experience.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
9.75
Number of above acreage that you own: *
9.75
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
9.75
Fruit Crops:
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:
website, home delivery

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
disk, tiller, deep tillage in a 5-7 year plan
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
oats, vetch, clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Wood based compost with greenhouse waste. Local tree cutter provides the chips from locations that have not been chemically managed in this area.
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". *
Primarily in low fertility areas, as needed, 3-5 inch layer, worked into the top soil
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, every 3-5 years, as needed
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? *
no
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. *
grasses, offset by consistent applications of lime, chickweed, timely cultivation and hand weeding
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. *
aphids, Dipel, safer soap, crop removal Cabbage lopers, early planting, safer soap, sticky traps consistent cultivation
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. *
With years of careful rotation, strong weed management and the lime, which keeps our calcium up in the soil, we do not see a great deal of plant disease. When we do, we most likely eliminate the drop and remove the waste from the field
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
On site well provides all of our water, testing every 3-5 years
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

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
We use certified organic seed for all crops except our Pea shoot production in the greenhouse. As is represented in my past paperwork, we produce a very large amount of pea shoots, Dwarf Grey Sugar Pea, and have been unable to locate a consistently performing organic choice in the quantities we need, 5-7,000# of seed a year. We purchase that seed from Jordan Seed in Minnesota. This is an exception that has been in place for a few years, as performance and availability of organic seed would be crippling to my production.
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
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
we mix our own
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Omri approved peat moss, pearlite, Black Gold potting soil
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
N/A
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. *
Farm is long and narrow with well developed tree line on 3 sides. Frontage only is without trees, but it is a neighborhood street, with no threat of contamination. Along the East side, the only side that is near a conventional farm, my tree line, a canal, and railroad tracks separate us, leaving substantial buffer space between.

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:
I am a returning farmer after 2 years of Covid struggles. My practices have not changed at all in that time.