Produce Application

Comadres Farms

Owner: Melinda Bailey

Address:
1365 CR 48
Las Vegas, NM 87701
San miguel County

daytime phone: (505) 617-0365
evening phone: (575) 427-1956

Application Date: 2017-01-20

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Would love to be a Certified organic Farmer. Our farm meets qualification for Organic produce except we are a small production farm and make less than $5,000 a year with our produce. We currently sell our produce at our local farmers market. Our garden has been up and running for 9 years and we have been selling our produce for the past 5. We started producing organic vegetables for ourselves. As we became better gardners we produced more than our family could use so we decided it was time to share our goods with others.
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? *
Saw the tag on products in our local grocery store. As I said above we cannot get organically certified due to the cost of certification and the $ amount of produce sold per year as we are a small production. So we thought it would be great to strive for naturally grown. Googled it and found the web site.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/4 acre
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
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:
Also deliver vegetable boxes to a set location for those who order.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Rotatiller
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.): *
On farm
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". *
1/4 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm, utilize horse manure from my horses. Manure is turned multiple times a year and then each manure bin is rotated to a different bin no earlier than quarterly. Manure is not applied to garden until it is between 8 and 12 months old.
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". *
2-3 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Winter
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. *
Fish meal on occasion
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? *
no
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. *
Buffalo Grass, horehound, datura, Kochia. Have tried multiple methods of manamgent. Mulching between rows with and without weed control barrier and physical removal (hand weeding) has been our most successful method especially with the buffalo grass as the root grow very deep.
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. *
Squash bugs, Grass hoppers, Harlequin, flea beetles, aphids. multiple methods have been attempted including neem oil, soap and water, physical removal of bugs and eggs which works well with harlequin and squash bugs. Purchased large numbers of lady bugs, praying mantises. Home made bug traps using 2 liter plastic bottles with vinger, soap (Safer brand, OMRI) and cayenne. Best method was physical removal and lady bugs.
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. *
Powdery mildew, Alterneria. Did not find good organic treatment other than pulling up the plant and getting rid of it. Tried plucking leaves off of plants to prevent spread, that seemed to work for a while but it seemed to come back. So removed plants infected. May have had some other tomatoe disease but was not able to identify. Treatment again was plant removal.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Above grown cisterns and well water through drip irrigation.
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") *
NA - We purchase our seed starter potting mix We use Eco scape organic moisture, Rocky Mountain soils inc Organic mushroom compost and Black gold Organic Seed start mix all OMRI listed soils.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Occasionally will purchase if seedling crop of a specific vegetable failed. Local nursery - Paynes Nursery.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Buy labeled organic if available
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). *
None currently. Bell Peppers Last growing season Purchased through Paynes Nursery. - In the future we do not intend to purchase any non CNG transplants. We will be more diligent in assuring we pick transplants that are certified organic and get information from the nursery regarding their process. Because we are a small operation if we have a specific vegetable seedling crop failure it will not devastate our farm not to have, sell that product for the season.
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. *
Directly Adjacent to our growing area is a chicken coop on one one side a big field with a few fruit trees in it on another a compost bin and our house on another and last is a dirt drive way leading to our home with pi�±on trees growing as far as the eye can see past the drive way. Closest crop being grown to us is in the neighboring community of chaparitto NM approx 8-10 miles as the crow flies.

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:
Our farm is located 27 miles from town. We are very rural and completely off the grid. Our water source is mainly rain water, however we do have a well used during drought times. Our home is straw bale construction and run from solar. In addition to our vegetable garden we also raise horses, goats, chickens and Bees. Currently we do not sell any animal products with the exception of eggs. Is there a process for becoming naturally certified for our eggs as well?