Produce Application

Affinity Farm

Owner: Russell Poe and Kelly Kingsland

Address:
810 empire lane
Moscow, ID 83843
Latah County

daytime phone: (208) 892-9000
evening phone: same

Application Date: 2008-03-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
While we originally certified Organic through the feds, we decided to not take part in that heist. Since then (for the last 6 years) we have gone without any certification. That has worked fine as we direct market all of our produce, and our customers know us personally. But now as a solidarity effort we are advocating that all small farms in our area certify with Natuarally Grown. We see it as a public education and protest effort. This group effort will establish a local standard that shoppers recognize as a step above the national USDA standards
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
State of Idaho-IDSA 2002
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Potato farmer David Ronniger Moyie Springs Idaho

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
2.5
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: *
BCS rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Vetch, buckwheat, rye, spring wheat, mustard red clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
KIS Compost Tea prepared blend
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". *
Foliar feed/root drench 20 gal/acer per year
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
1 source- a goat/sheep farm 3 miles from our 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". *
7 tons per acer per year
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall prior to planting in 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. *
greensand at transplanting, bat/seabird guano rock phosphate, mycelium innoculant (from "Down to earth" endo-ecto mycorrhizae) in potting mix , kelp powder and small quantities of fish emolsion for foliar feeding if needed. Above mentioned compost tea for foliar feeding and root drench
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? *
no
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. *
Bindweed and other annuals. We hand pull or hand hoe as sole method of weed control
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. *
a little green worm in lettuce mix-Bt. Scales on cucs-neem oil. Row cover for flea beetles and leaf miners.
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. *
We don't have any "primary" disease problems. We rely on soil health obtained through crop rotation, cover cropping, and compost tea innoculation, to defer disease
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? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
no

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
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") *
n/a
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
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. *
South side of property is own by a neighbor/customer who periodically spot sprays for noxious weeds, but is very careful to avoid contaminating our land. This neighbor has also recently given this land to a local environmental org (PCEI) as land trust. east side of property has three house sites with neighbors who garden to varing degrees. While they may use chemical ferts or pesticides, it is rare. This property line is 50+ ft from our garden plots. North side of property has a single neighbor who periodically (but rarely) spot sprays herbicide. This property line is also 50 ft from our garden plots. West side of property is untouched, unmaintained. It is 20 ft from one garden plot. No roads, no conventional ag within 1/2 mile.

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:
It's beautiful! We see the act of farming as a way of nurtuing the planet, our community and our bodies. We love what we do and believe it shows in the food we produce.