Produce Application

Rezolana Farms

Owner: Arnold & Maria Valdez

Address:
20153 County Road P.6
San Luis, CO 81152
Costilla County

daytime phone: (719) 672-3678

Application Date: 2014-10-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been growing crops naturally without fertilizers, pesticides or other additives my entire life. My farm is a continuance of a family tradition providing locally available food for my family,community and regional area. I would like to formalize the CNG process and have it become the practice and philosophy for the farms future
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? *
Owl Peak Farms, La Madera, NM

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
13
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
15
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
3
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
8
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Industrial Hemp
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:
Barter with other farmers or producers

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimum tillage using vintage farm equipment. Row crop production of legumes and vegetables
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Sorgum, peas, tillage radish, sunn hemp, turnip, clover, buckwheat mix
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Locally made from manure, agricultural wastes, 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". *
Hoop House-1 inch deep
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. *
Purchase compost/mix from local producer who uses all natural products and distributes to regional organic farms.
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. *
Row crops are cultivated and weeded manually. Weed challenges vary year to year depending on precipitation. Problems addressed via mechanical/manual cultivation and hand weeding
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. *
Primary insect challenges involve small mites that are managed by dusting with wood ashes
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. *
Disease challenges have been minimal when using heirloom seeds appropriate to our high altitude setting. Crop modifications or changes in agricultural practices could be used as management tools for likely challenges
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Acequia Irrigation (Ditch irrigation) This is water from the Sangre de Cristo WaterShed, we have the oldest surface water rights in the State of Colorado. Alternates source of water is an adujicated Agricultural Irrigation 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

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") *
Transplants grown using organic seeds from certified sources
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. *
South and west perimeter adjacent to County road (the County does not spray the roadside weeds - once in a while they will mow the weeds mechanically), east is adjacent to County Open Space Land, north boundary adjacent to Neighbors alfalfa field. (The neighbor to the north does not spray his alfalfa fields. I have spoken with him and mentioned my concern for not spraying or using non-organic pesticides since I have a couple of beehives close to his property. Currently there is also about a 200 feet buffer from my crops from the fallow land.)

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:
Farm is located in the historic long lots of the Sangre De Cristo Land Grant. It continues to function as a small example of traditional farmstead raising heirloom crops while maintaining soil conservation practices and seeking new approaches to greater efficiency in tillage practices.