Produce & Flowers

McSpadden Farms LLC

Owner: Roxanne McSpadden

Address:
58th Street
565
Pullman, MI 49450
Allegan County

Mailing Address:
58th Street, 565
Pullman, MI 49450

daytime phone: (269) 543-2640
evening phone: (269) 543-2640

Application Date: 2022-03-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are practicing Organic farming, providing a healthy food choice for our community. Want to provide documented certification that our product is naturally grown.
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? *
From a Farm Market Manager
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 have been working with the local USDA department for the past five years. Implementing beneficial habits for bees, planted conservation ground covers between crop rows and developed a Forest management plan. While practicing organic methods I completed my Organic Systems Plan documentation this year (with the assistance of a Technical Service Provider).

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
6
Number of above acreage that you own: *
17
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
Fruit Crops:
6
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
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Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Conservation cover between the rows has been established to reduce sheet, rill, and wind erosion and sedimentation. It will also reduce ground and surface water quality degradation by nutrients and surface water quality degradation by sediment. It enhances wildlife, pollinator, and beneficial organism habitat, as well as improves soil health. The Farm has perennial blueberry fields. The farm has planted a fescue conservation cover mix between the rows in fields 2 and 3. Established grasses and clovers are predominant in the cover between the rows in field 7. The main goal of the conservation cover between the rows is to prevent erosion. The alleys are mowed as needed. A native grass and wildflower planting has been established in 2.1 acres of field 6. The main goal of the pollinator habitat is to provide habitat for natural enemies of pests and songbirds. Both of these plantings were completed with the assistance of the local NRCS to NRCS standards and specifications. Soil is monitored for erosion and crops are monitored for pests and diseases, some of which could be affected by the presence of beneficial organisms and natural enemies of pests.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
No fertilizer has been used in the past three years
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. *
Weeds problem in between bushes in the row. They are manually removed, by hoeing or pulling them out. Suppress organic herbicide
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 challenge is SWD. I grow blue berries, I have chosen the variety Dukes (3 acres) because they are an early harvest( mid June early July). SWD insects start to emerge mid July through late September so management of this crop (Dukes) rarely needs to be sprayed with OMRI approved spray. I also have 3 acres of Jersey(blueberries), harvested in late July to mid August that do require me to apply OMRI approved spray to control SWD as recommended by OMRI rates and intervals
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. *
I scout the field early May through September looking for any disease. If disease is detected I apply OMRI recommended spray, per OMRI intervals and rate of application. Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) - Grandevo insecticide – Dipel DF insecticide General weeds – mowing – physical removal - Suppress herbicide Anthracnose - Serenade or Regalia fungicide Alternaria - Serenade or Regalia fungicide Phomopsis - Serenade or Regalia fungicide
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well
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. *
Burpee's Organic Seed (online Supplier)
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? *
no
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. *
Field # 7 to the East, South and the West, a wooded area exist of at least 100 yards which separates us from the neighbor's woods, to the North there is 100 yards between this field and the neighbor's blueberry field. Fields # 2 & 3 to the North there is woods and vacant land, to the east there is vacant property that I own, to the south there are woods owned by neighbors and to the West there is land owned by myself with nothing growing on it.

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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