Smith's Micro FarmOwner: Rupert Smith
1/4 mile J&A Street
2 Mile Kobe Ag Rd
Anderson, AK 99744
Denali borough County
PO Box 3002
Anderson, AK 99744
daytime phone: (907) 378-6410
Application Date: 2014-04-20
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- There are several reasons why we have chosen to be sustainable, natural, dare I say organic farmers. We believe that God made plants, animals, and the very earth for us and that we are to be good stewards of these gifts that he has given. To this end, we do not intend to poison the earth, water, plants, insects, nor animals with chemicals. Nor shall we raise genetically modified organisms. We intend to rotate crops to take care of the soil so that in return the soil will provide bountiful harvests. We shall work with nature, not against it and even without programs such as Certified Naturally Grown or USDA Organic we intend to conduct our farm in a sustainable manner.
- 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? *
- I read about the Certified Naturally Grown program when I was on a website forum investigating what advantages there were to paying the high cost and dealing with the bureaucracy of becoming Certified USDA Organic.
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:
- 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:
- Feed Store
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Roto-Tilling will be used to incorporate the past year cover clover into the root layer in early spring when the soils are still slightly moist. This will promote bio-decay of the interned organic matter and minimize wind based soil erosion. Then, follow up by immediately planting of the next crop.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Organic Medium Red Clover
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On 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". *
- First Year farm, thus rate is to be determined based by how much can be produced.
- 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. *
- Organic fish bone meal from Alaskan Organics at a rate of 550 lbs per acre in the crop row.
- 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. *
- As this is a first year farm on property previously covered with boreal forest and completely surrounded by boreal forests, the most likely weed sources will be what is brought in by birds and what is contained in the seeds I have purchased. The primary method of weed control will be through use of a cultivator.
- 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 are the main insect pest to plants here in the interior of Alaska. To combat these, we intend to employ ladybugs and lacewings.
- 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. *
- The biggest disease issues here are fungi infections such as blight. These will be minimized by crop rotation, water control to ensure the soils are not water logged, use of compost tea, and application of sulfur when required.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- On farm well.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- Seeds: We intend to use our own seed stock for our potatoes, field peas, oats, canola, and sunflowers. In addition to this we will purchase organic carrot (Chantenary Red Cored) seeds from Denali Seed Company in Anchorage Alaska, and organic medium red clover from Albert Lea Seed in Minnesota. The blueberry seeds, which we will not be planting until next spring, will come from the White Mountains, which is a one-million-acre national recreation area located about 80 miles north east of Fairbanks. Thus, our blueberry seed will be truly wild seeds. This year, we have purchased three varieties of USDA Certified seed Potatoes from Ebbesson Farm, the carrots and clover as mentioned above, as well as Admiral yellow field peas and badger oats from Albert Lea Seed. I am still working with a seed vendor in Canada for some polish canola, a rare variety of canola that is supposed to produce here in the sub-arctic. And finally, there are the Midnight Sun Sunflowers, a special dwarf variety of sunflowers developed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
- 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? *
- 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 more than 600 feet of boreal forest between our field and the closest field to the west. No fields exist to the north for more than a quarter mile and to the south for many miles as our farm is the furthest to the south before the Alaska Range of mountains (this is the range of mountains that contains Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park). To the east there is a field but there is a wind break and a tree buffer of over 100 ft and the closet field is fallow with medium sized saplings, 10 to 15 feet tall, growing in it.
- 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:
- For background knowledge: Our farm is brand new, that is, the land is virgin and has been covered in boreal forest for untold centuries until we started to clear it last month. Also, since we are in a sub-arctic environment, USDA plant hardiness zone 2, we have to choose our type and variety of vegetables accordingly.