Produce & Flowers

HartBeet Farm

Owner: Nicki Morgan

349 Blackwell Lane
Eolia, MO 63344
Lincoln County

daytime phone: (573) 898-9044
evening phone: (573) 898-9044
Web site:

Application Date: 2018-03-26

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We would like to take the extra step to show our customers that we are committed to sustainable management practices.
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? *
through other CNG farmers in our area
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:
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: *
gradually transitioning to no-till; currently mix of no till and till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
varies each year, cover crops over the past 3 years include: oats, winter rye, hairy vetch, barley, winter peas, and buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, local compost company
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 inches 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. *
fish hydrolysate - every 4-6 weeks as needed, rock phosphate, bone meal, and sustane 8-2-4 (aerobically composted turkey litter, feather meal and sulfate of potash) - at transplanting. We use Fort Light potting mix from Vermont Compost (ingredients: composted manure and plant materials, blonde horticultural grade sphagnum peat moss, blood meal, kelp meal, steamed bone meal, mined gypsum, perlite (volcanic glass expanded by fire), vermiculite (a mica mineral expanded by fire), washed coconut coir, trace amounts of crushed and screened granite and basalt, herbs (biodynamic preparations))
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. *
Primary weed problems include various grasses specifically foxtail and quack grass, ragweed, smartweed, and bindweed. Weeds are mostly management through mechanical removal (hoes) or hand weeding. Our transition to no-till should provide less disruption of the seed bank. Another method is solarization through the use of silage tarps.
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. *
Primary pests include cucumber beetle, squash bugs, imported cabbage worm, tomato/tobacco hornworm, various other caterpillars, flea beetles, aphids, spotted wing drisophylis. Cucumber beetles are managed through a combination of milk jug traps and sticky traps using lures. Squash bugs are managed through physical removal (hand picking of bugs and egg removal). Caterpillars are managed through a combination of physical removal (hand-picking), and exclusion (row cover). Flea beetles and aphids are managed through exclusion (row cover). We have not yet found a good management for SWD, but found that frequent picking of soft-fruited berries and removal of overripe fruit can keep the population in check. Most of these pests are also managed through the use of beneficial insects. We plant various species of food-producing flowers to attract predatory and parasitic insects as well as introduce populations of species such as green lacewings, and parasitic wasps. These are introduced 4-6 times during the season depending on the pest population. Weed management also reduces some pest numbers.
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. *
Primary disease challenges vary from year to year but often include anthracnose, cercospora leaf spot, and powdery mildew. We are considering using Cease (OMRI) and Rootshield (OMRI) this year which would likely be applied at transplanting of crops like tomatoes, peppers, and beets. We are a milk-based remedy for the control of powdery mildew.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Maple sap is considered a wild crop. CNG's Wild Crop Harvesting Standard states that wild crop must be harvested in a manner that ensures that such harvesting or gathering will not be destructive to the environment and will sustain the growth and production of the wild crop. Please briefly describe any steps you take to protect and ensure the sustainability of your sugarbush. *
We follow the Cornell guidelines on the number of taps per tree based on the tree size. We also use the smaller diameter spiles which are better for the trees. We rotate the area in which we tap each year so that we are not tapping the same trees every year.
Do you use an organic de-foamer? *
In rural areas, woods have unfortunately been used as dumping grounds for all manner of garbage, including toxic waste. These dumps can contaminate the sap, and your syrup, if too close to your sugarbush. Will you refrain from tapping any trees that stand within 50 feet of old dumps (or recent ones!) in or near your sugar bush? *
Over-tapping trees can stunt their growth. Do you (or will you) adhere to the Cornell Sugar Maple Research & Extension Program guidelines which state "trees 10-17 inches in diameter (31-53 inch circumference) should have no more than one tap. A tree 18-24 inches in diameter (57-75 inch circumference) should have no more than two taps. A tree larger than 25 inches in diameter (79-inch circumference) should have no more than three taps." *
To maximize tree health and sap production, CNG supports Cornell's recommendation that all taps are 5/16" in diameter or smaller. Is this your practice, and if not, would you be willing to transition to 5/16" (or smaller) taps within the next three years? Please elaborate. *
Yes, we use 5/16" spiles.
Use this space if there's anything else you'd like to share about your maple operation. *

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. *
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. *
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. *
To the east, we have a 30' buffer to our fenceline and an additional 50' buffer on neighbor's side. This neighbor has a maintained grassy airstrip. However, we have not witnessed him using any potential contaminants. To the south we have a forest buffer of at least 30' and up to 1000'. This neighbor regularly grows grains. His growing area is at least 1000' away from our shared fenceline. To the west, we have a 30' buffer to our fenceline. This neighbor runs pasture. While it is a possibility that he may spot spray herbicide, he has not done so in the last 10 years. To the north or our main growing area we are bordered by many acres of woods.


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:
In addition to maple syrup, we harvest a decent amount of wild foods.