Produce & Flowers

Turkeyfoot Farm

Owner: Ry Hook

756 West 900 North
La Porte, IN 46350
La porte County

daytime phone: (219) 362-9478
evening phone: (219) 362-9478
Web site:

Application Date: 2022-04-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I would like to be connected to community and an organization that emphasizes sustainable and regenerative practices. This will be seen by my customers when I am not present my dedication and care to the world we live in. It will also make new customers aware of the efforts being made by myself and others.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I first heard of the organization while attending a Moses conference.
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 was homeschooled in which I was able to pick all of my studies. I focused on history and growing amazing food. I am 24 and have been researching and Implementing my dream , encouraged by my parents for the last 6 years. I have been selling for market 3 years. Your standards are my standards, I have naturally farmed since I could plant a seed because your standard are my parents standards which is the ground the farm is located on.

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:
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: *
We never till below 2-3 inches with a walk behind tractor BCS. Our main tool is a broad fork to do deeper tillage as needed.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
We try to do a 6 -8 species blend. Listed are our most frequently used- Oats, peas, radish, clover, buckwheat, mustard, rye, sun hemp.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and purchased complete 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". *
2 - 4 inches
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. *
Purchased organic premixed and organic fish emulsions One to two weeks as needed.
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. *
We use a silage tarp in early spring to eliminate weeds for early bed prep. Seedings are planted in a grid so we are able to hoe frequently to disturb growth pattern-on a weekly basis. We use a mix of cardboard and straw mulch in our longer term plantings. If all else fails we are pulling which is not as fun. We never spray and never will.
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 rely heavily on predaceous insects which means we are balancing our ecosystem by planting herbs, flowers, a variety of plants and plants that smell. We use some row cover and we are grooming plants. We walk the farm everyday for inspecting crop health from insect or disease which if found action is planned. If deemed necessary we pull plants or arrange a decoy planting- in some cases we will use Neem oil to offset issues.
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. *
Through careful and intense crop rotation we are able curb a fair amount. For our Tomatoes which we have had issues we now employ a drip system and increased ventilation. We strive for a complete ecosystem.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well on property
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. *
Organic and heirloom varieties we never used treated seeds.
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. *
It is from Dairy Doo it is seed starter #101
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 bought berry plants that will start producing next year 2023. Even though I bought from a non- CNG supplier- it is evident the care care and quality are top notch. I also want to buy local for many reasons and one would be to buy from both sides of the table.
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). *
Just the berries mentioned above
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. *
Road, residential property, woods and we are planting trees and shrubs creating wind block for any potential future drift.


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:
Turkeyfoot Farm is a small operation in which we are completely on solar power.