Produce Application

blue box farm

Owner: eileen mulvihill

Address:
PO Box 33
1206 NM 3
Villanueva, NM 87583
San miguel County

daytime phone: (575) 421-2808

Application Date: 2017-11-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been growing organically since I bought my 8.5 acre farm ten years ago. I have not been interested in obtaining USDA certification because it is way too expensive.
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? *
Through Arturo Sandoval, who has encouraged those of us who are attempting to start a farmers cooperative in our rural community.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
~1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
8.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
~.75
Fruit Crops:
~.25
Hay:
6.5
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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:
Villanueva General Store

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
The ~ 1 acre of vegetable and fruit garden is hand tilled. The 6.5 acres of mountain pasture mix and alfalfa was put in 5 years ago with my own tractor and various borrowed equipment.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Weeds and grass clippings from my farm, goat, horse and chicken manure are all composted using red wigglers.
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 inch twice during season
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
I get horse manure from a local rodeo, goat manure from a local meat goat farmer and chicken manure from my own chickens. I do not apply manure directly but rather compost it. I always have 2-3 compost piles, I start a new one every 2 years. I use the oldest one 2 to 3 times each season.
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 inch deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
beginning and end of season
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. *
In 2008 or 2009 used a rock powder to add phosphate when I put in the grass/alfalfa seed because a soil test said that my soil was totally depleted. I also hauled wood chips and horse manure for years to cover the "garden" area.
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. *
I pull weeds. I also teach ~ 20 kids how to grow organically. They become excellent weeders and bug catchers.
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. *
I have trouble with flea beetles some years and I buy round worms from Arbico to put on the beds. I have trouble with harlequin beetles but usually 20 kids with jars of soapy water are enough. Squash bugs occasionally breed faster than we can kill them so I use a homemade mix of hot pepper, neem oil, and Dr. Bronners (in the past I used Dawn, but will only use Dr. Bronners). It is sprayed on the underside of any infected plants.In my greenhouse I sometimes get aphids and or lacewings but lady bugs control them well.
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 think I have a codling moth problem in my one apple tree. I haven't done anything yet because the apples are not that great tasteing. But, I am thinking of putting in some peach and plum trees so I will have to educate myself.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
My farm is irrigated by the Pecos River. I water my ~ 1 acre garden using my well water and water that I collect from all of the building roofs.
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 am about 100 yards south of the state highway, the orchard directly east of me has not been tended for at least a decade, my neighbor to the west supports my goal of growing organically. There is a bosque at the south end of my property which is about 50 yards wide before it abuts the river.

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:
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