Produce & Flowers

Fisheye Farms

Owner: Andrew Chae

2334 Buchanan
Detroit, MI 48208
Mi County

Mailing Address:
4418 15th Street
Detroit, MI 48208

daytime phone: (313) 686-3276
Web site:

Application Date: 2019-12-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are applying for Certified Naturally Grown because we are passionate about utilizing practices that improve the environment while growing delicious vegetables. We would find it beneficial to have a certification for marketing our produce without the headache that organic certification entails. We also think it would be a great resource to learn for with opportunities for having a mentor, education, and a community to turn to for information.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (Environmentally certified)
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
From another farmer
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: *
3/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
two acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3/4 acre
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: *
Tractor for initial tilling for building fields. Then tilther and broadfork after. Sometimes tractor in between crops on some fields.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
We use green mulch pathways on our intensive garden space. White Clover and Winter Rye
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased from compost company that composts municipal waste (grass, tree clippings, etc.)
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". *
25 gallons per 40 ft bed (30in wide)
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. *
Pelletized chicken manure, calcium (powdered), Magnesium (powdered), Phosphorous (powdered), fish and kelp emulsion
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. *
Weeds we have problems with are bindweed, thistle, etc. We use hand tools like the wheelhoe, stirrup hoe, etc. We also have open farm hours on Wednesday nights where we provide guests with wine and they help us pull weeds (called Wine and Weeding), it's actually fairly effective! We also use tarps in between plantings for stale seed beds. Flame weeding, landscape fabric around our exterior and monitoring weed seeds entering our compost as much as possible.
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. *
Insect challenges are mainly flea beetles on brassica crops. We use insect netting a lot and organic approved insecticide sprays like pryrethrin. For aphids we use insecticidal soaps. Potato beetles we do a lot of scouting by hand and monitoring early on in their life cycle. For squash bugs we also hand scout and use insect netting until flowers need pollinating. For cabbage moths and other caterpillars we use BT and hand scouting.
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. *
Disease challenges are usually blight on tomatoes, which we monitor with heavy pruning and ample air circulation in the hoop houses. Powdery mildew we use copper sprays that are organic certified.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City water, tapepd from the main.
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. *
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. *
There is no chemical drift because there are no conventional farms near ours.


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: