Produce Application

Green Wave Gardens

Owner: Shirley Morelli

Address:
4831 Black Bear Way
Northport, WA 99157
Stevens County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1185
Northport, WA 99157

daytime phone: (509) 680-0582
Web site: http://www.greenwavegardens.com

Application Date: 2017-06-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been certified organic with WSDA since 2007. We haven't been keen on the program...lots of paperwork, not enough focus on the farm itself. Looking for a certification that supports small farmers, understands the needs of small farms, and shows more I nterests in actual farming as opposed to red tape. We have received 2 recommendations for getting our farm produce 'Certified Naturally Grown' from fellow farmers who are CNG.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
WSDA Organic Program 2007-2016
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Primeval Gardens and Ice Box Flats Farm

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
8
Number of above acreage that you own: *
8
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1 acre
Fruit Crops:
4 acres
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Nuts 3 acres
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Garlic Walnuts, chestnuts, filberts
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:
wholesale garlic to seed companies and retail garlic to mail order customers Farm is open to the public for berry picking and other farm produce sales

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
tractor and tiller first time in field, then use walk behind tiller, if needed (in the case of weeds establishing prior to planting).
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
alfalfa, clovers
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
our farm/donkey manure
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
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
Nutri Rich 4-3-3 pelleted chicken manure/OMRI approved Alaska Fish Fertilizer 5-1-1 /OMRI approved
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. *
Lots of weeds to be removed over the course of establishing vegetables. Primarily use scuffle hoes, handy hoes to weed and finish by hand removal close to the plants in vegetable rows. Ongoing daily. Use professional weed barriers for squash, and other large plants and straw mulches, sawdust on occasion around the brambles. Will use walk behind tiller in paths or use a weedeater. Never use any kind of weedkiller product. In the orchards we mow between tree rows and shallow till around trees. Timing of weeding is crucial in lowering our labor hours in weeding... We try to weed when the ground surface is dry and with a sunny day ahead. We try to weed early and often, then we can let up a bit as the plant matures. Often we can quit hand weeding by the end of July. We are attuned to knowing when to weed each crop before growth is inhibited. Weeding is under control here on the farm for the most part.
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. *
We used to spray our cherries(fruit fly) and walnuts(walnut husk fly) with organically approved products. Now we use no sprays on any of our trees. Generally aphids are not a problem, except at season's end (peppers in greenhouse, cruciferous plants in garden). If they become a problem early in the season we use Concern (Safer Brand) insecticidal spray.
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. *
Our property was once the Bear Creek Nursery, consequently we inherited a great array of fruit, nut, berry varieties. Some of the trees are at least 40 years old. Most trees produce abundantly (we prune regularly and remove any dead or dying limbs, pick up all fruit from the ground, water regularly, and fertilize infrequently. We don't see any apparent problems with them, other than a rare appearance of scab on an apple and some scab on our potatoes. Some of our raspberries are showing signs of die back, but don't know if it was from the harsh winter, or disease. We are not very educated on diseases in crops, and in general, don't have any concerns (everything seems to produce well for the most part).
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Creek fed pond on property.
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") *
N/A
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. *
I will provide maps if needed (from our WSDA organic program submission). Our farm sits at the end of the road, with the nearest residence (vacation home and no landscaping or gardens) being a quarter mile away to the north entrance gate. To the east, it is at least a half mile down to the river (125 acre vacant hillside parcel). To the west it is at least a half mile to the nearest neighbors, who use only organic means to garden and we are separated from them by a large rock escarpment. To the south, we own the 40 acres of woodlands and beyond that is another half mile down to the river. We own 87 acres total.

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: