Produce & Flowers

January Farms

Owner: Janelle Hillman

Address:
Viroqua, WI

Web site: http://www.januaryfarms.com

Application Date: 2022-03-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I wish to become Certified Naturally Grown as a small scale farmer in a predominantly organic area. I follow all the criteria (and then some) but do not think it is feasible for me to get certified organic, but after practicing natural beekeeping for over five years, I am ready for all the work to reflect in a way my customers can be aware of.
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 read an article a woman wrote about her experience getting certified as a small scale grower
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? *
This will be my third season as a market gardener, and my seventh as a beekeeper. I have spent many years growing, gardening, learning, and am finally ready to take this passion project to the next level. I have studied Agroecology, Permaculture and have practical experience working on an organic farm for a season, as well as my own practical experience in the last two seasons. I already practice natural methods, and am ready to be labeled as such.

General Farm Information

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











Please Specify Any Other Items:
I wish to also be certified naturally grown for my Apiary on the same land plot.
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: *
Land was tilled with a Walking tractor when permanent beds were made. In subsequent years I utilize broadforking, small hand cultivator and no till methods
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye, oats, clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, purchased complete
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 cu yds per season, distributed in sequence per year
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local horse farm
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 cu yd per season, rotated with compost
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
early 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. *
Seed Starting mix (Purple Cow Organic Certified Seed Starter Mix - Sphagnum peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, compost (yard trimmings))- used to start plants Bone Meal - 1 qt per season, used with particular plants Organic Neptunes Harvest - Seaweed, Potassium Hydroxide - diluted as indicated and used as fertilizer once per month after plants are planted
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. *
Canadian Thistle - attempted to eradicate by digging root and mowing down, this year I will tarp the area for the season to attempt to remove root system Purslane - hoeing grasses - cover rows with landscape fabric or cardboard when able, mulching and hand weeding, using vinegar/water solution for perimeter areas
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 - row cover, neem oil (used 1-2 times per season as a foliar spray) Japanese Beetles - hand pick, this year I plan to use beneficial nematodes with milky spores if necessary (product name NemaSeek Beneficial Nematodes- Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and St Gabriel Organics Milky Spore Powder- Paenibacillus popilliae) Slugs/earwigs - I have not had an issue with these in the past but will be growing a few new crops this season that indicate these as an issue. I plan to use Sluggo Plus Organic (Spinosad) or Diatomaceous Earth, as necessary
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. *
Powdery Mildew - water in the early part of the day, drip hose watering, neem oil (1-2 times per season) remove affected plants
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water source, rain 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 select organic when possible and available, often choosing the variety of crop based on organic availability. Next, I choose from companies I trust. My main seed sources are Johnnys, Baker Creek Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and Seed Savers Exchange.
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 seed starting/potting mix
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Purple Cow Organic Seed Starter Mix - Sphagnum Peat Moss, perlite, vermiculite, compost (yard trimmings)
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Local growers (not certified organic), local grower that is certified Organic
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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). *
n/a
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. *
Growing Plot#1 - Small residential lot, surrounded by wall, and fence. All neighbors are aware of my desire to grow organically and have agreed to not use chemicals in the vicinity Growing Plot #2 - large acreage formerly used as hay fields, not sprayed (or harvested) in four years. Leased land part of a cooperative run park with organic and natural methods in mind. South of my plot is woods, neighbor to the west at least 100 yards from current growing areas. 20 acres separates my growing area from a neighboring field which grows conventional rotational crops

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:
My space is a small city lot, but it is my desire to find and buy more growing space in the future. My rented space has its advantages and disadvantages, but has been a great resource while I am seeking additional land. I hope to certify my apiary along with my growing space.