Produce & Flowers

Regeneration Farm, LLC

Owner: Scott Turkelson

Address:
N3909 Park Rd
Brodhead, WI 53520
Green County

daytime phone: (608) 618-1198
evening phone: (608) 618-1198
Web site: http://www.regeneration.farm

Application Date: 2022-03-22

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small market garden and are in the process of becoming Certified Organic but are still in the transition phase for another year. We'd like to show that we are using organic methods for growing and demonstrate the difference between organic and conventional growing techniques. We feel that Certified Naturally Grown will help to enhance our ability to do so both now and after we are certified organic with the USDA.
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? *
Growing Farmers from Michael Kilpatrick
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? *
We are the 3rd generation to farm the field we have our market garden and come from a long history of farmers. We have also invested in training from multiple organic market gardeners including Michael Kilpatrick, Ray Tyler, JM Fortier, Connor Crickmore, Curtis Stone, and others.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.5ac
Number of above acreage that you own: *
all
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.4
Fruit Crops:
.1
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
16.5ac
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
we have a sunflower field that we use for cover cropping an area that we will use for expansion some day. We area also planting a small elderberry orchard this year. We sell potted culinary plants and herbs at farmers markets as well.
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: *
very low till to no till following examples from JM Fortier and Ray Tyler. Currently we only use an actual tiller to break new ground. After that we use a subsoiler or broadfork to loosen compaction followed by a power harrow to loosen the top soil. We then use a bed shaper (on new beds) to form the beds and then add amendments which we mix in with a power harrow. Beds are then either direct seeded or covered with landscape fabric or plastic mulch to control weed growth. We will be experimenting with a no till strategy this year of flailing left-over crop residue, applying compost, and tarping between successions of crops as well.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We use cover crops to increase fertility in fallow fields and prep them for one day becoming part of our market garden. In addition we use cover crops to help between successions of crops to break the weed cycle and also add fertility to our beds.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purple Cow Organics - ordered in bulk and applied throughout the year.
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". *
1" per 30"x100' bed between crop successions
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
composted chicken manure sourced locally.
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". *
10lbs per 30"x100' bed between crop successions
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
all during season as needed between crop sequences
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. *
alfalfa meal, mixed with the chicken manure during crop successions
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. *
mainly grass and crab grass. We tarp and occulate unused areas when possible. We also use landscape fabric or plastic mulch on crops that will be in the beds for any significant amount of time. For direct seeded crops we use hand-tools to cultivate or a tractor mounted cultivating tool (discs and s-tines) to go between the rows.
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. *
We have aphids on occasion along with asian beetles, japanese beetles, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, flea beetles and white flies. Our main form of prevention is using insect netting on sensitive crops. We are in the process of screening our greenhouse and closing any gaps and cracks. We'll then introduce lady bugs for aphid control and bumblebees for pollination. In extreme cases we will use an organic approved pesticide such as Safer Soap or BT.
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. *
Downy Mildew is the biggest challenge. We're working to improve air circulation in our greenhouse to prevent this. We also get some soil diseases on our lettuce which we try to prevent with better water management. In extreme cases we'll use an organic approved disease preventative
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
on-site 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. *
We purchase most of our seeds from reputable dealers such as Johnny's Seeds and High Mowing Seeds. We look for organic certified seeds whenever possible.
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. *
We buy Purple Cow Seed Starter Mix. Ingredients (from the Purple Cow website): Our mix includes Purple Cow Activated Compost, sphagnum peat, perlite, vermiculite, OMRI listed granular fertilizer and mineral complex. Activated Compost Ingredients: Purple Cow Compost, Rock Minerals, Sea Minerals, Worm Castings
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. *
strawberry plants
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We buy strawberries from Nourse Farms, Seed potatoes from Johnny's Seeds, Herbs from Mountain Valley Growers
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Each of these (other than Nourse) are organic certified growers
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
strawberries
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 north is a forest which is about 50 feet from our greenhouse. To the West are woods about 400 feet deep and a 40 foot high ridge before reaching the nearest field growing corn and soybeans. The woods are about 200 feet from the nearest field we grow on. To the East is a mowed grass road and a tree line before the nearest road which is about 60 feet from the nearest field we grow on. There are houses across the road, the nearest would be 100 feet from our closest field. To the south is another forest.

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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