Produce & Flowers
All Seasons FarmOwner: Jill Rendleman
9535 US Highway 51 N
Cobden, IL 62920-3135
daytime phone: (618) 308-0217
Web site: http://www.allseasons-farm.com
Application Date: 2022-03-25
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- All Seasons Farm has been usda certified organic since 2011 when we started our farm. We strongly believe in organic natural production practices and have used them to build our soil and to produce a high quality exceptional tasting line up of fruits and vegetables. We are involved in our community of farmers and eaters and spread the word through food that our health and local economy are made better the more local naturally growing farmers are in business. Over time, the organic certification requirements have become outdated for market organic produce farmers like ourselves. We however, want to have the learning experience, be a part of a community of farmers, learn from the inspection process, and be able to tell our customers that our practices are indecently reviewed. We have no outstanding violations or any problems with usda certified organic, only that it seems that they are more focused on larger farms both on the inspection and record keeping requirements which are going through a major change in 2022.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
- MOSA Certified Organic
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
- MOSA, USDA Certified Organic 2011-2022
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- A farmer in our region, Flora Bay Farm, discussed CNG with me at length.
- 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 a master degree in agricultural economics. I was a family partner in a commercial grain farm for 18 years, and after health issues, began researching the source of these issues. To make a long story short, I decided it was best for my family to eat more whole organic natural foods and later, to give up my interest in a very large grain operation, and to begin a small organic farm in an area free of cash grain operations and the toxins that they leave in the soil and air. I took the Small Farm Beginnings Class through a local not for profit and I read a lot and visited small organic farms around the country from which the model of All Seasons Farm was developed. The manager at Four Seasons Farm belonging to organic author Elliot Coleman in Maine, agreed to be my farm mentor and helped me to design farm layout, equipment needs, input sources, growing practices, high tunnel management, and farmers market management. I was part of a group of naturally growing farmers who established an online food hub for our region and in addition, we have our own online sales site, and I sell at the winter market in our local community.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- Other Acreage:
- woods 35 acres, with nut trees, native flora
- 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:
- Little Egypt Alliance of Farmers, a Food Hub online market serving Southern Illinois
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- raised beds. all of our plots are 30 x 50 or 30 x 100 with grassland in-between for soil health reasons. Our original plots were tilled up by a 45 hp tractor with a tiller and then cover crops were established. Later we made 8 30" raised beds with 12" paths in-between. We dug the paths originally by hand, now we have a BCS tiller with a ridge attachment. We leave beds in place and continue to add soil amendments and till into the beds by hand or with a small battery powered drill tiller.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- buckwheats , spring and fall cover crop mixes, turnips, field radish and peas.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We use omri approved compost from Vermont Compost. We also have a small farm compost pile where veggies trash , grass, leaves, and any naturally occurring organic matter can be tossed in the pile. We turn the pile three times per year, and use it in the third 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". *
- We use 4-8 five gallon buckets of compost per 50' bed
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- We use omri approved 50 lb bags of fertilizer bought from Ohio Earth Foods. The NPK is 5-4-5 or 2-6-13. We fertilize in the fall for spring crops and in the spring for winter crops. We fertilize per the soil tests done every two years.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- Johnson grass, pull out roots by hand. Fescue grass, we till with drill tiller or by hand. Thistle, put out by hand the roots, twice per year. Small vining weeds in high tunnels, we till by hand around produce plants before you can see weeds, so that they do not have a chance to multiply. We do not use herbicides on the farm. For all weeds in general before planting we place plastic down to reduce grown and then flame our beds to remove live small weeds. We also control weeds by rotating our crop types which are primarily divided into nightshades, root crops, squash crops, and cover crops. For apple trees we have 3' diameter weed barrier at the base of the tree. For blueberries and garlic we mulch with a heavy straw cover.
- 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. *
- Tomato horn worm, pick off by hand. Squash bugs, pygantic and pick off by hand. Flee beatles, mow grass low around veggies plots with eggplant and also may use Monterey Bay Insecticidale soap mixture. Cut worms, place aluminum foil around base of new plantings. Our primary method of control is to encourage good insects including bees and wasps, as well as birds to come to our plots. We encourage this by letting many of our crops go to flower after they mature, we also have over 1 acre in native plants around the plot areas, we also have bee hives left at our farm by a bee keeper, and we have bird boxes also surrounding our plots. But our primary method of insect control is having good soils and healthy plants.
- 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. *
- One year we had milky spore in our hightunnels brought in by organic plants we had purchased. We put extra fans in the tunnel and left the tunnels open for less moisture. We also sprayed a mixture of milk, lime, and vegetable oil on the plants. We now start all of our plants on the farm and don't bring anything from the outside. We also have had some fireblight in our apple trees. We use an omri approved product called Regalia and we spray it in a mixture of 2 tablespoons of Regalia to one gallon of water and spray about 4 gallons of this mixture on 2 acres of apple trees at bloom, at midseason, and about 8 weeks before apple maturity. We have various types of fungus in our lettuce beds from time to time and so we are now proactively adding omri approved Mycorizal crumbles in our lettuce and greens beds at a rate of one handful per 50 ft of row.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We have a 420 deep water well. The well goes into what is called the Cedar Lake Aquifer which is a large underground body of water lying beneath the sandstone bottom of a local small lake. It is clean clear water from beneath a lake which is a public park including the areas surrounding the lake. We have our water tested annually for ecoli and other bacteria. Our tests have always been clear for usda organic certification.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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 select seeds from Johnnys Seeds, Southern Exposure Seeds, Strictly Medicinal Seeds, and High Mowing Seeds. We first select for organic seeds, if they are not available then we check one of the other sources, and if those are not available, then we will purchase seeds from a company that has a "safe seed" guarantee.
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- We use Fort Vee by Vermont Compost. It is OMRI approved. It contains:Blended from composted manure and plant materials, blonde horticultural grade sphagnum peat moss, crushed and screened granite and basalt, blood meal, kelp meal, steamed bone meal, mined gypsum, vermiculite (a mica mineral expanded by fire), washed coconut coir, herbs (biodynamic preparations)
- Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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. *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- We do order native plants from Prairie Moon Nursery for transplanting to our native plant plots. These plants are not sold for eating. We also purchase herbs from Mountain Valley Growers from time to time. They have mostly organic plants which is what we order. We get our seed potatoes from Wood Prairie Farm, they are usda organic. We purchase garlic seed from Keene Organics and get usda certified organic bulbs. Our apples trees are from Trees of Antiquity. They only sell certified organic trees.
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- All transplants we have purchased have been grown according to usda certified organic, and thus CNG standards.
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- We chose the location of our farm because it is surrounded by woods which often connect to the Shawnee National Forest. Our 15 acres of crops are surrounded by woods at least one mile deep on the north, the south, and the west. On the east side of our property there is a state highway. Our growing plots are separated from this highway by 1/2 mile deep fallow pasture. The closest commercial farm to our farm is 4 miles from our farm and we are separated by woods from this commercial apple and produce farm.
- 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:
- our usda organic certification is through MOSA and is still in effect. number 4928 under All Seasons Farm MOSA ORGANIC CERTIFICATE MOSA has verified through inspection and review that All Seasons Farm Jill Rendleman 9535 US Highway 51 North, Cobden, IL 62920 is certified organic under the US National Organic Program (7 CFR Part 205) for the following categories: Crop Certified Organic Products/ Services: Vegetables: artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, collard, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, ginger, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, mustard, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, rutabaga, spinach, summer squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tatsoi, tomatillos, tomatoes, turnips, turmeric, winter squash, zucchini; Herbs: basil, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, mint, parsley, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme; Fruit: apples, blueberries, strawberries; Fallow; Flowers; Pasture; Cover crops: buckwheat, oats, peas, rye, ryegrass, vetch; In-ground greenhouse production of cover crops, fruit, herbs, and vegetables; Greenhouse production of microgreens; Microgreens: beets, cabbage, kale, mustard, peas, radishes, tatsoi; Greenhouse production of transplants for on-farm use and for sale. Once certified, a production or handling operation's organic certification continues in effect until surrendered, suspended or revoked (§205.404(c).) MOSA operators must update Organic System Plans annually by April 1. All current certificates are available on MOSA's website: www.mosaorganic.org Certification #: 4928 Effective Date: 10/05/2012