Produce Application

San Xavier Coop Farm

Owner: Gabriel Vega

Address:
8100 S. Oidak Wog
Tucson, AZ 85746
Pima County

daytime phone: (520) 295-3774
Web site: http://www.sanxaviercoop.org/

Application Date: 2011-04-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We grow crops using Nature Farming practices that can be Certified Organic, but do not wish to certify the crop. However we do want our buyers to know that we are chemical free in our growing practices
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: *
I was certified through QAI back in 2001 but on a different farm
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I heard about this certification through our Distributor, Allens Organics.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
865
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
865
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
20
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
750
Grains/Beans:
30
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
65
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:
We are working on the Farm to School Program to get these crops into the cafeterias of Schools locally.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimum Tillage Practices are used.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
We have a rotational program with our alfalfa crops. We use a soil enhancer from Green Thumb Organix that is worm castings with Benefical Microbials. EM and AZO which is a Nitrogen Fixing Microbe.
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. *
Your normal summer weeds. We use hand weeding and lay down Mulch (plastic) before transplanting
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. *
Suckling Insects and sometimes Beetarmy Worm. We use Garlic Barrier 99% pure garlic concentrate (liquid) EM (Effective Microorganisms) and Diatomacious Earth These are all natural or Microbial products. Used 3 to 6 times per crop 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. *
Only soil born deseases like Root Knot Nematoeds. These are controled using the worm castings and Benificial Microbes.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Our water source is C.A.P. (central Arizona Project) 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

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. *
We are an Isolated farm with no other farms within 20 miles

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:
We use a unique Nature farming methods and practices that studies have shown create healthier plants, encreased yeilds and lower sodium in some crops. We are leaders in new modern growing methods and techniques, and are very involved in the new Food Safety Guidelines being developed for Arizona.