Produce Application

Coyote Ridge Farm

Owner: Lindsay Howells

Address:
16159 S Holcomb Blvd
Oregon City, OR 97045
Clackamas County

daytime phone: (503) 388-1388

Application Date: 2017-07-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
For the last six years I ran a small certified organic vegetable farm on Bainbridge Island, WA. Growing organically is how I learned to farm and have always farmed, focusing on providing nutrient-dense, vital food to our community. This year we are breaking ground in Oregon City and while we plan to possibly pursue organic certification here in the future, we were drawn to the Certified Naturally Grown Program offered in Oregon. We definitely believe strongly in the need for some form of verification/certification to hold growers accountable and to provide consumers with quality food. We also really love the community component of the CNG program and realize the importance of farmers networking and supporting each other in changing the current food system.
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? *
We heard about Certified Naturally Grown through the Oregon City Farmers Market manager and other local growers.

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: *
none
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
all
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We have a BCS walk behind tractor that we use to plow and till the beds initially. We grow on permanent raised beds, limiting the use of mechanized equipment and minimizing tillage as mush as possible on the land. We also use silage tarps before and throughout the growing season.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
While we are still breaking ground this season, we plan to use cover crops this fall. I haven't decided yet which to seed, we have used rye, vetch, and favas in the past.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We intend to make our own plant-based compost and use the fertility provided by our goats. To get us started this spring we applied OMRI certified plant compost to the field.
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 to 1 inch
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We applied a manure-based compost for certain crops from a local horse stable with an on-site composting facility.
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
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring
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. *
We test the soil every year, remineralizing the soil in order to grow the most nutritious food possible. This year we applied lime (Microna - OMRI), soft rock phosphate, potassium sulfate (Allganic, OMRI), copper sulfate and zinc sulfate (both OMRI listed, added because soil test showed nutrient deficiency), elemental boron, fish meal, and kelp. We amend once in the spring before tilling for all of the these except fish meal which is added before each planting depending on the need of the crop.
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. *
We use silage tarps before the growing season and throughout to break down weeds and to clear beds. We also use stale seed beds to flush weeds before seeding and planting, flaming/cultivating the bed once the weeds germinate and then seeding/planting. We don't let weeds go to seed if we can help it and we keep the edges of the field mowed and clean. We have never used any herbicides.
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. *
So far we've had experience with aphids and mites in the past. Often it is a water issue creating the problem. Crop rotation as well as planting flowers and herbs to attract beneficial insects helps lessen pest pressure. When the plants are healthy they are also more resistant to pests. The healthier and more balanced an ecosystem we can create on our farm, the less we have issues and the more everything seems to work itself out. We are lucky to have always been in an area that is not heavily farmed too.
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. *
We have dealt with early blight on our potatoes and tomatoes and applied beneficial fungi including trichoderma a few times when needed. Usually we just prune or pull the plant. Again, crop rotation, keeping beds and edges clean and cultivated and creating a healthy, balanced environment within the farm ecosystem minimizes disease challenges.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Currently we are on city water but are hopefully getting a well in the very near future.
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. *
We are growing on the northwest corner of the property, and at least 300-400 yards away near the southeast corner is a conventional hay grower, and there is also a densely forested ridge between us. The land 50 ft to the north of our growing area is unused pasture/forest. To the west it is also unused/uncultivated pasture/blackberries/forest.

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:
Looking forward to being a part of this community!