Produce & Flowers

Shubert Family Homestead LLC

Owner: Nicole Shubert

Address:
1602 W Nicholson Hill Rd
Ossineke, MI 49766
Alpena County

daytime phone: (989) 255-7175
Web site: http://www.shubertfamily.com

Application Date: 2021-12-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have a greenhouse where I sell non-gmo, hierloom/open-pollinated seedlings. I follow organic standards on my farm, but I’m not certified organic. I learned about the Certified Naturally Grown program from another local farmer and my beliefs and practices are in alignment with the program. I’m passionate about encouraging others to grow naturally,
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? *
Local 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? *
As a child my Grandpa taught me all things gardening and my passion continues. Growing up I also assisted my Mother in her garden. I’ve grown my own natural garden for the last 12 years. I’ve invested a lot of time into educating myself through books and videos and of course learned from a lot of trial and error over the years! I’m a licensed nursery so I’ve been working on establishing parent plants. My next task is learning to propagate my nursery stock. In our family we’ve always been passionate about only using natural and organic methods free of commercial fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
31
Number of above acreage that you own: *
50
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.5
Fruit Crops:
0.5
Hay:
30
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Note* our hay field is certified organic under another farmers account. They are an organic dairy farm we sell our hay to sometimes.
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:
Our store is located on the farm

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We try to avoid tillage if we can. We do have a rear tiller on the tractor for breaking fresh ground. We practice no-till with a wood chip & bark mulch for our nursery beds, vegetable, herbs, and berries.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
In the past we have used a cover crop mix consisting of many varieties such as radish, clovers, vetch, rye etc.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We are a DairyDoo dealer (Morgan Composting) so we use DairyDoo 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". *
2 inches
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
In addition to the DairyDoo product- we have horses, cows, sheep and chickens. Their manure is mixed with hay, straw, wood shavings from their living environment and piled to breakdown and age. This makes a nice “pasture dirt” we use to build up growing beds.
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". *
Depth of growing bed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
DairyDoo products: Healthy Garden granulated fertilizer as needed Worm Castings as needed AgroThrive liquid fertilizer as needed Liquid kelp, fulvic, humic acids as needed
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? *
no
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. *
Quack grass, pig weed, burdock, thistle Managed by shallow cultivation with wire hoe and hand pulling No herbicides
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. *
Apple trees: leaf curling midge Squash bugs The only product I’ve used is homemade Castile insecticidal soap and TerraNeem neem oil applied if signs of pests are witnessed and as needed. Colorado Potato Beetle- Hand pick bugs and leaves with eggs
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 prevention includes ensuring plants receive the nutrients and minerals they need to be strong. -Choosing known disease resistant varieties. -Likely challenges are tomato blight. This can be managed by ensuring air flow with proper plant spacing, pruning and avoiding over watering.
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. *
I primarily use Seed Savers Exchange. My first choice is certified organic seed. I always choose non-gmo, non-hybrid varieties.
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? *
I use DairyDoo seed starter and potting soils
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
DairyDoo Seed Starter 101, VeggieDoo, FlowerDoo, NurseryDoo, GreenhouseDoo
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. *
To the south of our farm is the road. On the other side of the road is a field that was formerly certified organic. We suspect it is under new management and they are no longer organic. We think they grew a type of bean this year and used herbicide to kill plants before harvest. We do not grow crops near this area. We have a fenced horse pasture along the road. Garden and greenhouse are ' or more from conventional neighbor farms. To the east is a neighbors hay field. They are not organic and fertilize their field with dairy cow manure. I have fenced pastures adjoining this east property line. To the north my fenced pasture adjoins a neighboring hay field, unsure of their management practices. I’ve never seen application. To the West is another neighboring hay field and he has not done any applications.

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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
Primary concern is certifying my greenhouse transplants