Produce Application

Blue Raven Farm

Owner: Bill LaMorris

Address:
2316 Catlalpa street
Pueblo, CO 81001
Pueblo County

daytime phone: (719) 924-8345
evening phone: (719) 924-8345

Application Date: 2018-03-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are committed to sustainable agriculture and wish to show that through certification. We like peer review and a farmer based organization
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? *
research

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
12
Number of above acreage that you own: *
6
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
6
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
10
Fruit Crops:
2
Hay:
n/a
Grains/Beans:
n/a
Sugarbush:
n/a
Other Acreage:
n/a
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
n/a
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:
n/a

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
disc
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat,field peas, radishes, rye or wheat to keep the ground covered ,and help control weeds.
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
organic dairy
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". *
one ton per acre after harvest
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
after harvest at least 120 days before planting
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. *
n/a
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. *
pig weed and bind weed, mechanical or hand cultivation along with cover crops, and the use of biodegradable plastic mulch (FilmOrganic) and drip tape
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. *
western flea beetle, grasshoppers, neem oil, nolo, crop rotation, predatory insects in the case of the grasshoppers we allowed areas around our field to become overgrown with weeds. This gave the grasshoppers a place to live and took the pressure off of our crops. It also allowed beneficial insects a place to live
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. *
fusarium powdery mildew cytospera canker crop rotation and varietys with disease resistance. The cancer requires pruning and removal of affected limbs in a proper manner. We do not prune very often,only in January and February, we disinfect between each cut and dispose of branches off site
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
agricultural well
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 - we start seedlings in peat moss and feed with fish emulsion
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. *
both of our operations are surrounded by fallow fields on all sides. The water rights were sold off of these areas over forty years ago the closest operational farm to one of our sites is 3 miles away.

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:
Main lease: 218 29th lane pueblo Colorado 81003. Other site: 2316 Catalpa Street, Pueblo, CO, 81001