Equinox Community FarmOwner: John Binkley
5795 River Rd
Waunakee, WI 53597
5754 River Rd
Waunakee, WI 53597
daytime phone: 608 577-9313
Web site: http://www.equinoxcommunityfarm.com
Application Date: 2012-07-17
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program:
- I believe CNG will be a valuable marketing tool and way to distinguish my growing practices from other farms.
- 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?
- Don't remember, possibly hightunnels listserv
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:
- Maple Syrup
- 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:
- Chisel Plow and/or rotavator
- Do you use Cover Crops?
- If yes, please list:
- Winter Rye, Hairy Vetch, Oats, Field Peas, Buckwheat
- Do you use Compost?
- Do you use Manure?
- If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.):
- Pastured layers and neighbor's grass fed beef
- 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 tons per acre
- What time of year do you apply the manure?
- Poultry - all season, beef late fall
- Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting?
- 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.
- High-Cal lime - single application 2012 0-2-7 pre planting for annual veggies
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)?
- If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements?
- If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates:
- unknown, land was previously leased by a conventional farmer
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years?
- If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date:
- unknown, land was previously leased by a conventional farmer - last application estimate July 2011
- 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.
- Lamb's quarter, ragweed, pigweed, velvetleaf hand weeding and wheel hoes
- 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.
- Colorado Potato Beetle - Entrust (spinosad) - applied once per year Cucumber Beetle - Pyganic (pyrethrins) applied 0-3 times per year depending on pest pressure Imported cabbageworm - Dipel (Bt) - 1-2 times per year depending on pressure
- 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.
- Early blight on tomatoes - no controls applied
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name:
- house well
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water?
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush?
- Maple sap is considered a wild crop. CNG's Wild Crop Harvesting Standard states that “A wild crop must be harvested in a manner that ensures that such harvesting or gathering will not be destructive to the environment and will sustain the growth and production of the wild crop.” Please briefly describe any steps you take to protect and ensure the sustainability of your sugarbush.
- Trees are not over-tapped. Taps are removed from trees at the end of the season.
- Do you use an organic de-foamer?
- In rural areas, woods have unfortunately been used as dumping grounds for all manner of garbage, including toxic waste. These dumps can contaminate the sap, and your syrup, if too close to your sugarbush. Will you refrain from tapping any trees that stand within 50 feet of old dumps (or recent ones!) in or near your sugar bush?
- Over-tapping trees can stunt their growth. Do you (or will you) adhere to the Cornell Sugar Maple Research & Extension Program guidelines which state "trees 10-17 inches in diameter (31-53 inch circumference) should have no more than one tap. A tree 18-24 inches in diameter (57-75 inch circumference) should have no more than two taps. A tree larger than 25 inches in diameter (79-inch circumference) should have no more than three taps."
- To maximize tree health and sap production, CNG supports Cornell's recommendation that all taps are 5/16" in diameter or smaller. Is this your practice, and if not, would you be willing to transition to 5/16" (or smaller) taps within the next three years? Please elaborate.
- I use 5/16 taps
- Use this space if there's anything else you'd like to share about your maple operation.
- Very small, sap is boiled over a fire outdoors
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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?
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods?
- If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A")
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources?
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.
- North is a road behind 30-50 feet of wooded buffer, south is neighbor's pasture, east is woodlot, west is hayfield
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: