Four Winds FarmOwner: Sally Boisvert
1/2 mile Mosquito Lake Road
Haines, AK 99827
Haines borough County
PO Box 578
Haines, AK 99827
daytime phone: (907) 767-5515
evening phone: (907) 767-5515
Web site: http://fourwindsfarmalaska.com
Application Date: 2016-03-08
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I supply naturally grown produce to the local community in Haines, Alaska, through a local farmer's market, a local restaurant, and a grocery store. I want consumers to know my commitment to growing food naturally is backed-up by a process of review that I take seriously. Due to my remote location in Alaska, the cost of USDA organic certification is prohibitively expensive as the travel costs to get an inspector to my location from the lower 48 would be very high. Certified Naturally Grown seems like a good fit for my local market; most customers know me personally and trust my methodology to adhere to the CNG standards.
- 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? *
- Through trade publications, like the recent Growing For Market, to which I have subscribed for 10 years.
- How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
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: *
- We scarify our permanent beds once in the spring followed by one pass with the rotovator, all powered by a 40 horse tractor.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Crimson Clover: under-sewing Winter Rye Rye-Vetch mix Austrian Winter Peas
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm vegetable materials plus saw mill wood chips and wild Alaskan salmon wastes.
- 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". *
- I use 19 cubic yards of compost per year for all the beds total.
- 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 Bone Meal Greensand Colloidal Phosphate AZOMITE
- 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. *
- Equisetum (horsetail) is native here, I suppress it in the spring with the one tilling. Chickweek, shepard's purse and pineapple week are all hand-weeded with hoes. I also use agricultural fabric as a mulch for squashes and tomatoes to smother weeds or prevent emergence.
- 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. *
- The main insect pest we have native to Alaska is the root maggot fly. I use floating row cover (Agribon 19) over all brassicas the fly uses as a host plant to lay it's eggs during it's lifecycle. I use crop rotation to have radishes and turnips follow the squash rows as they have had the mulch the previous year and will no longer be inf3ested with the maggots.
- 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. *
- I rotate potato crops every year to a new location. I have a whole-farm rotation to maximize benefit mainly for the insect pest avoidance strategies I have developed, but the rotaion also serves to avoide a build-up of disease organisms in the soil related to any one crop family. Being in the far north with very cold winters we are lucky to have fewer crop diseases to worry about here at the moment.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- I have a deep drilled well for irrigation and crop washing.
- 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? *
- 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. *
- North side: 200 feet to a residence. South side: 800 feet through forest to a small driveway East side: backed up to State managed forest West side: 1200 feet to a paved road though forest. There are no other farms in the area.
- 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: