Answers to Producer Questionnaire
|Elements of Rejuvenation
PRODUCTS & PRACTICES
|List what you intend to sell. (if applicable)
(e.g. meats, grains, jellies, crafts; also note if you have any heritage breeds)
|This section is not applicable.|
|Describe your farming, processing and/or crafting practices. (if applicable)||Our soy wax is produced from American soybeans, and is not blended with any other kind of wax. Because the soybeans are not a petroleum product, this wax is virtually soot-free. The fragrances used are all based on natural oils, although the fragrance and tints are not of cosmetic grade. The wicks are German braided 100 cotton and contain no metal, so as to be virtually soot free. All of these supplies come from a specialty wholesaler whose goods are cruelty-free. Each candle comes in an 8-ounce quilted jelly jar, with burn times averaging 40-44 hours when you follow the burning instructions given with each candle. We add the fragrance and tint when the wax is melted so each candle will be fragrant for the life of the candle, whether or not it is lit. Because we add the maximum amount of fragrance by volume that soy wax can hold, these candles will sometimes exhibit some beading on the surface. This fragrance oil will blend back into the wax the next time the candle is lit. These candles are suitable for use on a candle warmer or in a sunny windowsill.Soy wax melts at 100 degrees and can be cleaned with simple hot running water. Some of our customers use natural unscented soy wax as a body lotion once the wax is melted.
Our farming is entirely chemical-free. We plant almost exclusively open-strain, non-GMO heirloom varieties and lavish considerable attention on each plant in our garden. Our soils are tended as carefully as our plants are, and we use sustainable agricultural practices because we understand that we are in partnership with our garden and our planet. Companion planting, mulching, crop rotation, careful water management, successive plantings, organic soil amendments; these are a few of the techniques that help our gardens yield top-quality produce while supporting what's best for us and Mother Earth.
|Describe your pest and disease management system. (if applicable)||Through the careful timing of when we plant, we aim to allow the plants to flower and set fruit during times of year when insect populations are at a minimum. This gives each plant the best head start so they can be as healthy as possible, and thus able to withstand insects and diseases more easily. We understand that stressed plants simply don't do as well as robust plants, so we are careful to weed, mulch, water with reclaimed rainwater, and use amendments that keep each plant in excellent health throughout the growing season. Companion planting and proper spacing of plants also goes a long way toward discouraging insects and disease transmission.When necessary, we do treat cruciform vegetables with BT (bacillus thuringiensis) to control worms. We have found diatomaceous earth around the base of our winter and summer squash to be helpful as well. When our summer squash, cucumber or eggplant seedlings first sprout, we occasionally dust them one time with rotenone.|
|Describe your herd health and productivity management. (if applicable)
(i.e. do you use any hormones, antibiotics, and/or steroids)
|This section is not applicable.|
|Describe your feeding practices. (if applicable)
(grass-fed only, free-range, feed-lot, etc.)
|When many of our seedlings are planted, we make use of hot tops to provide adequate shelter for them while they develop a hearty root system and robust structure. We use an organic fish emulsion for maximum foliar growth, liquid kelp for flowering plants that set fruit, and also side dress with organic bone meal, blood meal, or organic egg shells when appropriate per each plant. We primarily water with captured rainwater, thus avoiding the addition of many water treatment chemicals that would come through the rural water system.|
|Describe your soil and nutrient management. (if applicable)
(Do you compost, use fertilizers, green manures or animal manures?)
|We make use of organic compost, organic bone meal, organic blood meal, and organic egg shells. We also till our mulch into the soil at the season's end, and top dress with rabbit manure from a local breeder.|
|Describe your water usage practices. (if applicable)
(If you irrigate, describe how - e.g. deep well, surface water, etc., and explain how you conserve water or use best management practices. Describe how you are protecting your water source from contamination/erosion).
|Describe your conservation/land stewardship practices. (if applicable)
(e.g., do you plant windbreaks, maintain grass waterways, riparian buffers, use green manures for wind erosion, plant habitats for birds, improve soil quality, etc.)
|We maintain the milkweed plants which pop up around our farm, and we are glad to have a broad spectrum of plants, animals and insects who call our farm "home."|
|Describe any additional information and/or sustainable practices about your operation that
would be helpful to a potential customer in understanding your farm or operation better.
(e.g. if you are raising any heritage animals you might list breeds or list varieties of heirloom seeds. List the percentage of local ingredients in your processed items).
|We regularly offer prayers to our gardens and offer blessings utilizing sage and sweetgrass from the North American Native Indian tradition. We also grid growing areas with crystals to promote abundance and protection.|
|List your food liability insurance coverage, both general and product-related, as well as any licenses and tests that you have available. (if applicable)||We maintain a homeowners farm insurance policy and have an Iowa retail license for our business.|
|List which products you are selling as organic. (if applicable)||This section is not applicable.|
|List certifying agency's name and address:
|This section is not applicable.|
|Certifying Agency's Phone:
|not applicable||Certifying Agency's Fax:
|Do you have available for inspection a copy of your current organic certificate? (if applicable)||Yes No|
|I affirm that all statements made about my farm and products in this application are true, correct and complete and I have given a truthful representation of my operation, practices, and origin of products. I understand that if questions arise about my operation I may be inspected (unannounced). If I stated my operation is organic, then I am complying with the National Organic Program and will provide upon request a copy of my certification. I have read all of the producer standards and fully understand and am willing to comply with them.|
|Friday the 27th day of May, 2016|