Produce & Flowers

Good Steward Farms

Owner: Daniel Zimmerman

Address:
20155 Oasis Ave
Peyton, CO 80831
El paso County

daytime phone: (719) 749-1811
evening phone: (719) 749-1811
Web site: http://www.goodstewardfarms.net/

Application Date: 2021-08-16

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I want to validate my claims about my growing methods and philosophy to my customers and instill trust and confidence. Not only does the CNG mission appeal to me personally, but it also aligns well with our brand and mission.
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? *
I ran across it on the internet.
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? *
After early retirement, I was growing for myself and my wife for a couple of years. Then I was mentored during a full year of volunteering on a local four-season farm. That motivated me to do more to get healthy food to folks in my area.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.33
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.04
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Roots and Greens
Fruit Crops:
Berries
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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: *
Minimal till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
spring: mix of - field pea, oats, vetch, and clover fall: mix of - rye, filed pea, ryegrass, crimson clover, and vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased completely
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". *
6cuft/50'x30" bed
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
I feed with a tea made from: - A1 Organics BioComp compost(discontinued use 6/29/21 see note below) - Unco Industries Worm Castings - Down To Earth All Natural Fertilizers Alfalfa Meal alternated with Kelp Meal - GS Plant Foods Organic Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer - GS Plant Foods Organic Humic Acid - Down To Earth All Natural Fertilizers various rock powders
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? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
The last tea made with biocomp was 6.29.21, aerated for about 18 hours and applied on the 30th. The last time it was added to new beds was the July date. The last of the biocomp was used in that bed build. Since the 6.30 date, I've performed two more tea applications brewed from just the vermipost listed in my materials list.
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. *
I started our grow area in a nice pasture area of our property so we are struggling with the rhizome grasses mainly followed closely by a thistle problem. Our biggest issue especially with grass in walkways and margins between tunnels and outside beds. Our primary method is hand weeding. We've tried solarization and occultation unsuccessfully, but want to try again. We are installing a 3.5oz weed barrier this fall to address the walkway and margin issue. This is my first year using cover crop and was happy with the spring results and looking forward to fall cover results. We also use plant spacing to mitigate weed issues. Ultimately I strive to have good soil balance to control weeds.
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 and grasshoppers are our biggest challenges. Grass hoppers have not been as bad this season, I feel it's because we've stayed ahead of the tall grass and weeds. I've tried food grade Diatomaceous Earth for the flea beetles with little luck but have recently adopted a practice of applying Beneficial Nematodes a couple time this year and am happy with the results.
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. *
The only disease (fungus) I've identified as a challenge is downy mildew and I treated early with a baking soda water solution.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well water
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

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. *
Johnny's Select, High Mowing OrganicSeed, and Baker Creek are my main sources. In 2022 I am working on relationships with local suppliers that will allow me to purchase in quantities that are more aligned with my production volume.
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
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
60-70% sphagnum peat moss, vermiculture, Coir pith and lime
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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. *
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. *
I have an unused 5 acre lot to the west of my growing area and >300'of open pasture to the east with my house located 150' to the north east. Grow area set back 170' from the dirt road of my neighborhood to the north and I am planting trees as a windbreak between road and roughly 100' from grow area this fall. and have roughly 700' open pasture to the south of grow space.

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. *
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