Produce Application

Apricity Vineyard

Owner: Noah and Laloni Lowry

Address:
5719 Jerome Prairie Rd.
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Josephine County

daytime phone: (530) 640-3237
evening phone: (530) 640-3237
Web site: http://www.apricityvineyard.com

Application Date: 2017-09-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small family vineyard passionate about sustainable farming. We feel the USDA national organic program is an organization that has become far to bloated and is missing the point of ecological agriculture. We are interested in farming not doing paperwork. We love our little farm and working to maintain and encourage a natural farming system. We are looking for a certification that values our goals and feel like CNG is not only a great alternative to USDA organic but the best certification for the value of our work.
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 recently read the Take Root article in the Winter 2017 edition.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2 ac. planted vines/9 ac alley cover crops
Number of above acreage that you own: *
100%
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0%
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
2 ac planted vines (measured in row)
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:
We are a new vineyard and will be establishing our market in the coming year(s). We will have a tasting room on site that will allow us to market directly to our customers from the farm.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We do not perform tillage operations. We do cultivate in a band along the vine rows for soil loosening, aeration, and weed control.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
The vineyard alleyways are cover cropped. A variety of grasses, clovers, and wildflowers grow naturally through the alleyways as a result of the land once being a hay pasture.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We purchase OMRI approved compost from a local source in addition to composting on farm. All alleyway cover crops are mulched, we receive and compost wood chips from local tree companies and compost household waste. We will also be composting the leftover matter from our own grape crushings.
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". *
This year we applied compost at 5 ton/ac
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We use OMRI approved composted manure from local sources. We will also be incorporating manure from chickens and ducks.
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". *
manure based compost applied this year at 5 ton/ac
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
summer
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. *
All soil amendments are based on soil testing results. This year, we applied organically sourced and approved: 1,000 lb/ac each of rock phosphate, aragonite, and dynamin and 500 lb/ac each of sulfur plus and potassium sulfate.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
yes
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
Before we purchased the vineyard this year, it was operated conventionally. We immediately transited to an ecological farming program. We foliar apply and fertigate organically acceptable micro/macro, trace/ultra trace nutrient amendments. 1-2 gal/ac fertigate. 2-4 quarts/ac foliar.
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
glyphosate last applied spring 2017 before we took over control of the vineyard.
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. *
In row cultivation using mechanical tow behind finger weeder. We do not consider anything growing in the alleyways a "weed" except for thistles or other extremely noxious plant.
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. *
Typical pest challenges include grape rust mites, stink bugs, grasshoppers, alfalfa hopper, etc... We use a foliar nutrition plan based on micro/macro/trace mineral and nutrient elements designed to promote induced activated resistance to simulate the plants natural protective response against pests. We also encourage beneficial insect populations and spiders to help control pests. We also incorporate chickens and duck forage. We also use best management practices to keep the vines trimmed and trellised to promote ventilation.
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 is the number one disease challenge on a vineyard. Leaf curl and red blotch disease are also a concern. Our previously described best management practices, foliar, and soil nutrition plan is designed to promote plant health and combat disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We are part of the Grants Pass Irrigation District and receive water from the Rogue River.
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? *
no
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
There is always a chance of chemical spray drift from other properties. This is not a big concern though as there are no large conventional farms around us. The only concern would be from small property owners spraying specific areas.
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 have a +/- 50' buffer of natural blackberry bushes on the east and west sides of our property. The north side is buffered by +/- 30' of road and ditch to the other property owners. The south side is buffered by +/- 100' of house and yard area.

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:
We appreciate the opportunity to work with CNG and look forward to being a part of your expanding group of sustainable farms.