Ajo Center for Sustainable AgricultureOwner: Nina Sajovec
52 Orilla St
Ajo, AZ 85321
901 Morondo Ave
Ajo, AZ 85321
daytime phone: (520) 405-4872
evening phone: (520) 405-4872
Web site: http://ajocsa.com
Application Date: 2015-06-29
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Hello. For years, we have been practicing beyond-organic methods, and it is hard to explain to the customers what that means, and the value of it. We are also looking into expanding our offer from direct sales to restaurants and stores. This certification came recommended by several Arizona farmers.
- 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? *
- Farmer Frank Martin, Phoenix. Cie'na Schlaefli, San Xavier Coop Farms, Tucson.
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:
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Combination of broad-forking, manual turning of the soil (one shovel-full deep), no-till.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Clover, alfalfa, winter mix (ryegrass)
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On-farm compost bins/chicken coop. Additional purchase from Bioflora (Elgin Nursery, Phoenix).
- 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 inches deep, twice/year
- 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. *
- Fish emulsion every three years.
- 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. *
- Bermuda grass, regular manual removal.
- 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. *
- Not a lot of insect challenges; beetles and butterflies for leafy greens, protection with companion planting and floating covers;
- 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. *
- Not a lot of disease challenges. Some tomato rot, destruction of plants, strict crop rotation. Some peppery mildew in monsoon time, destructions of plants, crop rotation.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Ajo Improvement Company (town water); we also collect rain water.
- 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? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Elgin Nursery, Phoenix. Mesquite Valley Growers, Tucson.
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
- 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. *
- Hedges surrounding garden/vegetable areas - 3 feet wide, high perennials, flowers, that separate from the buildings. Chicken coop and shed structure separate from very-low usage public road, at least 350 feet.
- 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:
- We are a small urban farm, that also features as a demonstration and teaching center for other Ajo gardeners so we combine a lot of sustainable methods, including traditional, desert-adapted crops, flood-irrigated waffle gardens, chicken coop, kids corner etc. We also manage a small market garden (Dolce Vita Market Garden, 610 McKinley) on a separate location (250 square feet), and use the same methods there. If possible, we would like to certify that area, too. Thank you.