Produce & Flowers

Steel Wheel Farm, LLC

Owner: Ryan Lichttenegger

Address:
3701 324th Ave SE
Fall City, WA 98024
King County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 311
Fall City, WA 98024

daytime phone: (425) 770-7926
evening phone: (425) 770-7926
Web site: http://steelwheelfarm.com

Application Date: 2011-04-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
All of our practices are organic and we value being stewards of the land. Other farms on our road are certified natural and spoke highly of the program. We appreciate the peer review and believe in having standards for growing quality vegetables for the community and the land.
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? *
Through peer farmers who are Certified Naturally Grown
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? *
I learned to farm by working on a Jubilee Biodynamic farm for 3 seasons. I started my own farm in 2009 and have been selling at farmers markets for 11 years. Working with nature, focusing on building healthy soils, growing the farm slowly, being diversified, not taking on too much debt has allowed us to be succesful .

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
14
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
14
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
7
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
6
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Fruit: watermelons Pasture for hogs
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: *
We use a spader for our bed prep, Minimal use of a Rototiller, disk harrows, plowing, vertical tillage
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
oats, peas, cereal Rye, vetch, clover, mustard, buckwheat, daikon radish
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm steer and animal manure. we compost mushroom growing medium from a local grower use and vegetable culls mixed in.
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". *
4 tons per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm steer and hog manure.
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". *
4t/acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall
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. *
Dolomite Lime Cal-prill calcium K-mag potassium and magnesium Flour lime Sulfur Nutri-rich chicken and fish 4-3-2 Dramatic-1 Liquid fish and kelp liquid - used in the prop house weekly and in the field after transplanting Dr. Earth Fish bone meal Pre mixed fertilizer blending for our farm using our soil samples annually . Skagit farmers supply is our supplier
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. *
Weeds: chick weed, pig weed/amaranth, lambs quarter, quack grass, bind weed, garden night shade, doc the biggest issues we have are annual weeds like amaranth and lambs quarter . Management: mostly mechanical tractor cultivation, wheel hoe, hand hoe, biodegradable black mulch, flame weeding and overcropping
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. *
Our biggest pests currently include Wire Worms, cucumber beetles, garden symphila and flee beetles We use floating row cover mostly and spray insecticides in extreme cases. We use cold pressed Neem oil, PFR 97, and apply beneficial nematodes. Slugs: Slug-o bate Flea Beetle: Row cover Cucumber Beetle: Row cover, Nematodes Wireworms: Bait traps, PFR 97, Nematodes Cabbage worm : BT
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. *
Most of our disease challenges are black spot on brassicas, downy mildew, Fusarium wilt and late blight Creating Air movement by thinning crops , spraying an application of Neem oil is what we use to treat most of these diseases. We also plant cover crops to break disease cycles. Micronutrient foliar applications and Kelp tea helps.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Fall City municipal water , Snoqualmie River
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 source seeds from Osborn Quality seeds, Johnnys seeds and High mowing seeds.
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 Purchase our potting mix from Specialty soils Inc
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Organic seedling mix from specialty soils Peat, vermiculite, perlite, bone meal, fish bone meal, feather meal, blood meal, lime, green sand,
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. *
We farm and share a field with conventional growers. we made sure to have a 50foot buffer pasture strip between our field and theirs. We also farm adjacent to some flower farmers and have a 30ft-road buffer between their field and ours.

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: