Produce & Flowers

Beavers Produce

Owner: Andrew and Amber Beavers

Address:
1390 Third Street
Rogers, NE 68659
Colfax County

Web site: http://BeaversProduce.com

Application Date: 2021-12-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I think our customers would like to know that we are inspected and Certified Naturally Grown. It would help set us apart from all of the other conventional farmers at the market.
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 believe is was a Youtube video.
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? *
I've been gardening for a while, but have only done market farming for the last two years. I've always grown naturally and have never found a need for chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. I've read most of the natural farming books out there. JM, Curtis Stone, Eliot Coleman, etc. I've also read through the CNG standards to make sure I'm meeting them.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/3 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1/3
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/3
Fruit Crops:
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: *
Roto-tiller for initial ground breaking, after that broad fork and tilther.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete from local producer.
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 deep on most bed flips
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. *
Pro-mix premium all purpose mix used for starting transplants.
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. *
We have a lot of crabgrass along with a few other weeds that I don't know the name of. We use cultivation, hand weeding, compost and silage tarps to try to control the 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, cucumber beetles, cabbage moths. We have tried hand picking and insect netting without much success. Trying to plant things earlier before the insects become a problem and later in the season has been most successful for us. During peak bug season we don't even attempt to grow the problem crops.
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. *
Early tomato blight and powdery mildew. We harvest as much as we can until the disease takes over and then plant a second crop. We have high tunnels now and are going to be trying to grow more in the shoulder seasons to avoid the disease pressure. We are also trying some new varieties.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal 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 order almost all of my seeds from Johnny's and High Mowing. All seed is organic except for a couple of chili peppers that I haven't been able to find organic options for.
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? *
Have been purchasing but planning on mixing my own next season
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Pro-Mix premium all purpose mix. I'm still researching different homemade mixes.
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. *
North- About 50' of my yard to an 80' wide road right of way. East - adjacent to my Father in Laws land. Part of that land is pasture for goats and chickens. Other area is a garden and orchard. He uses no herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers on his land. South- Six foot wooden privacy fence and hedge row. Then a 20' wide alley between the neighbors property and mine. Neighbors property is lawn and garden. I don't believe he uses any chemicals. West- Anywhere from 50-100' of my yard to the property line, six foot wooden privacy fence, then 80' wide road right of way.

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: