Produce Application

Deep Roots Farm

Owner: Greg Freistadt, Marci Miller and Isaak Julye

Address:
225 E Henley St
Moscow, ID 83843
Latah County

daytime phone: (208) 301-4538
Web site: http://www.deep-roots-farm.com

Application Date: 2015-04-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We want to support a farmer-to-farmer inspected + supported certification. We want to let our customers know at a glance where we stand on best practices growing methods. We believe in healthy soil based farming and healthy, happy farmers.
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? *
Affinity Farm, Moscow, ID

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: *
3
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
1
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Value-Added items we produce on farm: Salsa, Pickled Jalapenos, Pickled Beets
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 Palouse Grown Market pgm.locallygrown.net

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Two Troy Built Workhorse walk behind tillers, BCS walk behind tiller, broadfork and hand digging
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye/Vetch, Clovers, Mighty Mustard Ida Gold
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
local horse stable composted manure, Stutzman chicken manure (certified organic)
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". *
Five 5-gallon buckets per bed per planting
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. *
Greensand: 1 cup per bed for tomatoes
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. *
Primary weed challenge: bindweed & Canadian thistle. We use collinear and trapezoidal hoes in between hand pulling and primary tillage.
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 are green soldier bugs and aphids. We hand pick and kill soldier bugs, try to expose soil to overwinter cold temps in hopes of killing larvae. We experienced a heavy aphid infestation in 2014, but without the use of sprays we saw a huge influx of ladybugs and parasitic wasps.
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 primary disease we see is powdery mildew in our hoophouses late in the season. We are working on better ventilation and air flow through the plants with the use of vents and fans.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We grow at multiple sites and use both municipal water for irrigation and washing produce, with well water as irrigation for two sites.
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? *
yes
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.) *
One of our sites is located next to a conventional field. We have worked with the farmer to be especially cautious when spraying near our field. We have a buffer of about 20 feet, with some shrubs and trees. We plan to plant more shrubs for buffer in the future.
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. *
In most areas our field is separated from the conventional field by about 20 feet. There are shrubs and trees planted in between. We have worked with the neighboring farmer to make sure he is cautious when spraying nearby.

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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