Produce & Flowers

Orsi Organic Produce

Owner: Joe Orsi

15356 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801
Juneau County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 210135
Auke Bay, AK 99821

daytime phone: (907) 321-3105
evening phone: (907) 321-3105
Web site:

Application Date: 2017-05-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
To be part of a transparent grassroots certification process for my farm for a moderate fee. Like the idea of peer reviews by farmers and the details of the program look good to me. The USDA certification process is too involved for the scale of produce sales I do in my business.
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? *
A fellow farmer told me about it and I saw it advertised in the Growing For Market magazine
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:
High Tunnel and open field production
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: *
No till on most established plots. Have a rototiller 5 hp and a tractor 25 hp with a tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, Hairy Vetch, and (Austrian) Winter Pea. Mulch heavily with seaweed in fall
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Farm and purchased organic source
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". *
5 gallon bucket for 100 sq feet
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. *
Seaweed mulch (local source) applied in fall, planting blend:fish bone meal (wilbur-ellis co), green sand (fertrell), and general purpose (WIL-GRO Organic 8-2-4, blood meal) and Alfalfa (Wilbur Ellis lighthouse brand) and put under start, spud, or clove. Foliar feeding with Neptune's Harvest, SeaPlus (Johnnys), and Maxicrop. Apply latter about three times in dilute concenrations.
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. *
Mulch with permatex fabric around plot perimeters, use thin plastic IRT mulch over rows, and bed down mulch perimeter with sand.
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. *
Slugs, which are not an insect but can be a problem. pick them and use sluggo sometimes (iron phosphate) if slugs areas appear.
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. *
Apple scab. Thin trees, rake up leaves, and shift over to scab resistant varieties.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City 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? *
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. *
Crops are about 300' from highway to the south through trees and driveway, and nearest neighbors east and west are about 250-350' away through trees. To the north it is about 1/4 mile to nearest highway through the woods. None of my neighbors grow crops.


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:
Have been selling produce annually at farmers markets in Juneau since 2009. There are very few growers in my area and the crops I sell are: apples, carrots, raspberry jam, garlic, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, rhubarb, shallots, kale, chard, and potatoes.