Produce Application

Steel Wheel Farm, LLC

Owner: Ryan Lichttenegger

Address:
31913 SE 28th Street
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://www.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

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
7
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
8
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
7
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Fruit: melons Pasture for animals
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: *
Minimal use of a Rototiller and disk attachments, plowing, harrowing
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye, vetch, clover, mustard, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm steer 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". *
3T/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 Flowered lime Sulfur Nutri-rich chicken and fish 4-3-2 Dramatic-1 Liquid fish and kelp Dr. Earth Fish bone meal
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, lamb’s quarter, quack grass, bind weed, night shade • Management: mechanical cultivation and hand hoe, biodegradable black mulch, flame 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. *
• Slugs: Slug-o bate • Cut Worms: BT or cultivation • Flea Beetle: Row cover and yellow traps most of the spring season • Cucumber Beetle: Row cover • Wireworms: Bait traps • Cabbage worm/butterfly: Neem oil or 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. *
• Early blight, late blight: Air movement, or copper application • Fusarium wilt: Micronutrient application
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 and the 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

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? *
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. *
Our neighbors field located to the north west spray his corn but there is a large buffer between our land and his. There is a house and a wooded area of at least 100 yards between our properties. We are also located up river from his operation and there is plenty of a buffer between us. We also farm adjacent to flower farmers and have a 30-road buffer between their field and ours. There are acres of pasture surrounding all of our fields.

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: