Produce & Flowers

Lane's End Farm

Owner: Lizanne & R. Corey Aquino

16521 Broadway Street
Lowell, IN 46356
Lake County

daytime phone: (219) 775-3009
evening phone: (219) 775-3009
Web site:

Application Date: 2021-03-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been part of CNG since 2015. Due to the craziness of 2020 our certification lapsed. We LOVE being part of CNG. We are proud to tell customers, fellow farmers, vendors about CNG and we readily encourage farms to be part of this program. We like that this is a grassroots program and encourages farmers to work with farmers and share ideas. Every inspection on our farm and the inspections we have performed for other farms has been an enjoyable experience. We like supporting anything that works with growing produce naturally and with the environment. Thank You for the opportunity to re-join CNG!
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CNG since 2015. Certification lapsed in 2020.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
We had heard of it originally through growing publications.
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? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
7 - 9 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
7 - 9 acres
Fruit Crops:
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: *
Raised beds and shallow till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
rye, hairy vetch, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Leaves from local fairgrounds, on farm vegetable waste material, plant material from finished beds, manure from fairgrounds during the local fair,
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" deep for established beds, 1"-2" deep for new beds coming into production and most green house beds prior to heavy feeders i.e. tomatoes and peppers
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Neptune Harvest, Fish Emulsion, Maxi-Crop for foliar sprays
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
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. *
Canadian Thistle, crab grass, fox tail. Allow weeds to grow in problem beds, lightly till and repeat. Mechanical 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. *
Colorado potato beetle; scout and hand pick. Established wild areas for beneficials i.e. parasitic wasps controlling tomato hornworms, soldier bugs, etc. Squash bugs; crop rotation. We use crop timing and trap crops. We do not use any sprays for insects. We work with the environment supplying beneficials.
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, powdery mildew. We use crop rotation, drip tape to keep leaves dry, proper ventilation in greenhouses, resistant varieties used, focus on soil health i.e. compost, cover crop and minimum tillage.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
80' four inch well.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

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 choose from organic seed sources. I.e. Johnny seeds, high mowing seeds
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
Make on farm
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
peat moss, perlite, lime, compost, vermiculite
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Aerial application from helicopter and/or plane. Headline fungicide for corn in local field
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
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. *
Minimum 50 foot buffer from adjacent conventionally grown crops. Included are: tall trees, and areas left unmoved. This applies to all four sides of our farm.


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:
We are vehemently opposed to the use of ANY herbicide, pesticide, insecticide, fungicide or any other negative sprays that could disrupt the balance we have worked hard to obtain on Lane's End Farm for the past 30 years. We will continue to always be looking to our environment for helps re-establish biodiversity, which is the key to growing a healthy food product. Thank You for your consideration. Our primary goal at Lane's End Farm is to "Save The World "