Produce Application

Absmeier High Altitude Garlic

Owner: Adrian Absmeier

Address:
11319 Cnty Rd 5 South
PO Box 1134
Alamosa, CO 81101
Alamosa County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1134
11319 County Rd 5 South
Alamosa, CO 81101

daytime phone: (719) 589-6994
evening phone: (719) 589-6994
Web site: http://www.absmeierhighaltitudegarlic.com

Application Date: 2013-09-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small farm and do not use chemicals or pesticides. We have raised oats, peas, and alfalfa for years and for the last three, have added garlic to our list. In research, we have found that being certified natural would benefit our efforts in being successful with our garlic crop.
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? *
Online research

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: *
2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
70
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
Oats, peas, alfala, triticale depending on rotation schedule
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
70 acres of pats, peas, alfala, and/or triticale will not be marketed as CNG.
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:
Online

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Conventional
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local farms
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
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Late summer
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. *
None
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. *
We do have weed problems and we hand pull them all. We also use straw mulch to help with 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. *
Aphids could be a likely challenge. We have not had this problem. We would look into the use of a safe method to control them.
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. *
Root rot could be a likely challenge. We have not had this problem. It can be caused from over watering, so therefore we would cut back on the watering schedule.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Flood irrigation from river & well usage
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? *
no
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 of the crop is self owned pasture for 600 yards. To the east is also self owned pasture for 200 yards. To the south is a 50 foot buffer between garlic crop & oats/peas. To the west is an access alley road approx 30 yards away from crop with conventional farming west of the access alley way.

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:
I feel my farm is unique because I have very good ditch water & well rights for the farm being so small in acreage.