Produce & Flowers

Songbird Farm

Owner: Erica Aube

Hazel Park, MI

Web site:

Application Date: 2021-03-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I feel the certified naturally grown label will offer reassurance to my customers and community that we are doing all that we can to provide naturally grown, healthy produce and flowers to them. I also feel the National Organic Label has lost it's focus on supporting small organic farms. The Certified Naturally Grown program is committed to supporting and promoting small farms and we love that!
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? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about 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? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
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:
Fruit Crops:
Other Acreage:
50 % ( Cut flowers)
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
Dahlia Tubers which we have grown out over one year on our property. Our tubers were sourced in 2019 from Wild Willows farm, where they were grown using verifiable natural practices and no chemicals. Also, dried flowers grown by us.
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: *
Transitioning from low till to no till farm system. We use tarps for weed suppression, broadfork for bed prep and landscape fabric to keep beds pliable and clean.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat and clover
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete finished compost
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
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. *
Potting mix: Morgan's Seed Mix 101, please contact Morgan's for ingredient list
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. *
Creeping Charlie, creeping myrtle Tarping areas of concern. pulling weeds early and often. Landscape Fabric to reduce pressure Tarp field areas not in use or not in cover crop. For all other weeds; cultivate often with hula hoe, collinear hoe, hand weed if necessary.
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 at planting, reducing brassica plantings, crop rotation aphids- overhead watering to reduce populations, crop selection, trap cropping, crop rotations, row cover. tomato hornworms- hand pick daily, crop rotation. Using integrated pest management for all pest issues is important. Cucumber beetle and thrips -sticky traps for IMP monitoring and careful timing of plantings. Pepper maggot- this is our first time experiencing a problem with pepper maggot. We will not be planting peppers and eggplant in large quantity this year. Instead, we will trial a few plants with pest netting or row cover over them this season to see if this keeps them away.
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. *
powdery mildew- always keep good field hygiene, proper plant spacing for good airflow, and crop rotation. We choose disease resistant varieties when possible, and use neem occasionally as a last resort. Disease monitoring is very important. Weekly farm walks help keep us up to date on any pending disease or pest pressure issues.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City water
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 search for organic varieties first. If they cannot be sourced we look for our seed from other trusted seed companies. Our favorite seed suppliers are Johnny's Select Seeds, High Mowing Organic and Fedco Seeds. We also love Wild Garden Seeds, Adaptive Seeds and Baker Creek Seeds. If we cannot find the seed organic, we strictly require seed to be untreated, Non-GMO. We also consider weather we can grow another organic variety that meets the same variety criteria.
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? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
We purchase potting soil; Morgan's Dairy Doo 101 mix. The ingredients are not listed, but we know it is approved for organic production. I don't believe they offer their complete ingredient list publicly, but CNG may be able to contact them for a complete list.
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? *
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. *
Our main field is a corner lot in an urban setting. The north and east sides of the field abuts to city sidewalks, followed by easements, then standard city roads. The south facing side of the field is separated by a gravel drive/alley followed by a neighbors driveway. The east side of the field is adjacent to our home's backyard.


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:
Our land has been fallow for 8 years, prior to us growing anything on it. I have lived adjacent to this land for 10+ years and nothing has been grown on it or sprayed.