Produce Application

Naked Acres Farm

Owner: Margo & Augustus Liszka

Address:
25720 S Beavercreek Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004
Clackamas County

daytime phone: (301) 639-9941
evening phone: (971) 227-5670
Web site: http://nakedacrespdx@gmail.com

Application Date: 2013-01-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We do not feel that simply being certified organic reflects how we grow and operate on our farm. We chose sustainable methods and incorporate biodynamic practices toward truly natural produce.
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? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
other farmer friends

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: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
2
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Single tilled by broad-fork on half of our field then machine tilled to break sod on other half. All areas are then followed with chkens and next year pigs before hand finishing for planting.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
It changes but legumes and oil seed radish so far. Will be considering some cereal next year.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
All from on farm; chicken and goat manure/bedding, vegetable trimmings from harvest, grass clippings.
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". *
1-2 inches deep per row
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Manure goes into our compost; goat and chicken.
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". *
applied via compost, 1-2 inches per row
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall or 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. *
We make our fertilizer for farm use. Contents: kelp meal, lime, glacial rock dust, cottonseed meal and bone meal. Our fertilizer is used at time of planting and side dressing as needed throughout the season.
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? *
yes
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. *
Grasses and blackberries, pig weed and morning glory are out greatest issue. For the grasses we manually remove by hand and/or mulch certain areas. For the blackberries we use our goats (as they are wonderful browsers) and then manually remove the remains. In areas we will not be growing from seed in the next year we might use corn gluten meal.
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. *
Aphids, slugs, nematodes and flea beetles have been our biggest plant pest so far. With aphids we spray with soap and water. Slugs are hand picked mostly with our friendly duck helping and we occasionally use pet safe Sluggo brand slug bait. Flea beetle populations are reduced with the early use of row covers. We have sprayed sesame oil mixed with Dr. Bronners soap on miscellaneous pest that become overpopulated. Much of the pest populations are manually, by hand, controlled.
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. *
Powdery mildew is a notable issue. We water only in the morning to allow plants to dry and do not get the leaves wet. Strict sanitary precautions are also followed. Once powdery mildew has set in on a plant we remove the affected leaves and/or entire plant. Blossom end rot is another issue with tomatoes and peppers. Ample amounts of lime and calcium are added to prevent this.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
personal well
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

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. *
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
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. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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? *
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. *
To the north there is a designated wetland and wildlife refuge area with pasture between that and the fields. To the East of the front field is ~50-60 yards of wooded area before a solid fence and then a residential yard. The southern portion of the property sets upon a retaining wall ~50ft above a simple road which has forested area on the other side. The west side is buffered by trees and brush before a downslope at the property edge. No other crops are grown in the immediate vicinity.

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. *
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