Little Brown House HerbaryOwner: Linda Taylor
37437 SE Bluff Road
Boring, OR 97009
daytime phone: (503) 826-1964
Application Date: 2013-04-22
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We embrace the concept of growing our herbs earth friendly using only sustainable methods and naturally occurring pesticides (neem oil) and fertilizer (fish emulsion). Growing herbs in the most healthy way we know how is important to use because we wouldn't dream of putting anything dangerous into the mouths of our children and grandchild--and we wouldn't want that for our customers either.
- 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? *
- Grit Magazine, May/June 2013 issue.
- How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
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:
- These are sold as plants only at this time--no cut herbs and no harvested vegetables. Plants are grown in a greenhouse environment.
- 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: *
- Personal vegetable garden is rototilled, but this is only for family use.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Personal grass clippings, pulled weeds, broken branches, ash from yard wast burn pile--branches, wood
- 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". *
- Compost is used in potting soil mixture--1/3 compost, 1/3 pearlite, 1/3 coco peat
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- No other additives
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- 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. *
- Hand removal of weeds in the greenhouse, smothering weeds with black/white newspaper and cardboard in our personal vegetable garden.
- 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--for infestations we use neem oil. For small sightings, we use a jet of well-aimed water. We enjoy the presence of ladybugs and spiders in our greenhouse.
- 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 are most fearful of fungus in the greenhouse, which we battle with air circulation, fans, and when we are very concerned, neem oil application. We find that we need to use neem oil before the soil temperature outside warms to 68 degrees, and we use it preemptively about one time a week between mid-February and mid-April. After that, the sides of the greenhouse are up, and water doesn't sit on the plants or soil long enough to grow any fungus that we have noticed.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We collect rain water, and rain water is used to irrigate the greenhouses until our collection system is emptied, usually in early July. After that, we use our public water system, which gets water from Bull Run Mountain.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- 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? *
- 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? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
- There is a berry farm about one-half mile away that we have observed receiving some sort of a sprayed application--we suspect this is either a fertilizer of a pesticide--once or twice a year.
- 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. *
- There is a road and another farm--this farm is a field only, and is not actively in production--between us and the berry farmers. I believe this is between a quarter mile and a half mile away from us.
- 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: