Brier Patch Farm LLCOwner: Corbin Brier
32890 County Road 23
Windsor, CO 80550
daytime phone: (970) 218-4362
evening phone: (970) 218-4362
Application Date: 2018-02-15
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We felt the Certified Naturally Grown program was a great way to start since we are beginning farmers wanting to grow nutrient dense produce. This program can help us connect with other farmers using sustainable methods without chemicals. The program can also provide us with talking points with our market customers on the link between healthy soil and healthy food.
- 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? *
- Learned from reading about the USDA Certified Organic program and finding it very expensive.
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? *
- If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
- approximately 10 acres in field grass
- If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
- grass hay
- 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:
- 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:
- This will be our first year to offer produce at one Farmers Market. We would like to offer to local restaurants and Coops.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- The first year will be tilled to remove rocks and grass to create permanent beds for future years. Then we can use broad-fork and harrow for bed prep.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- The soil is currently covered in grass. We will use cover crops to protect the soil in off season and to control weeds between plantings.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We applied horse manure 7 years ago to help the grass get established. Plan to purchase compost from local certified organic mushroom grower for this first year. And we have received piles of tree leaves that will be composted on site for future use when it has composted.
- 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". *
- plan to apply 2"
- 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. *
- No additional fertilizers have been used.
- 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. *
- Canada Thistle - We are mowing and digging it out. Bind Weed - We tried mowing and burning. Last year received bind weed mites from the CSU Extension Service. Hoping for better results.
- 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. *
- Grasshoppers! Chickens have a done a great job but we no longer have chickens. Have used diatomaceous earth. Hornworms - manually pluck them off. Squash beetles - manually remove eggs or use sticky strips. Also plan on using bug netting to cover crops.
- 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. *
- Diseases we have experienced are Powdery Mildew and Wilt along with other unidentified issues where we removed the plant entirely so it would not infect others. For our market garden we will do our best to prevent diseases with crop rotation and purchasing disease resistant seed varieties. We will also use soil solarization using clear plastic over the soil for 4-6 weeks in hot weather to kill soil-borne pests, weeds, pathogens, nematodes and insects. We are beginning farmers and will deal with these challenges as they come. We took the CSU Beginning Farmer class and will utilize the Weld County Extension service to identify the disease and the best organic mitigation plan.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We have an irrigation well.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- 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. *
- The field to the East of our property has had conventionally grown corn. There is a wide irrigation canal with service roads on both side that creates a wide buffer to our property. We've reached an agreement with the ditch company not to use herbicides on our side of the ditch and we mow this area. This field has been rezoned for residential homes. It was planted with a cover crop last year. The field to the north has had conventionally grown corn. The buffer is a Hwy392 (wide highway with easement on both sides. This North property has also been rezoned for residential properties. Our neighbor to the West has a pond with grass around it. He knows we are organic and in agreement with our views. He has pet fish in his pond and also would not use chemicals. He has asked that we notify him prior to any sprays applied. Our neighbor has used an Organic Copper Fungicide to control Algae in the pond. The property to the south is on the other side of the ditch. It has been in alfalfa. It has been plated for Residential homes. Not sure when they will start it. Mr. Owens is aware we are organic and does not plan aerial spraying due to proximity to homes. We plan to build a berm around the perimeter of the garden to provide habitat for beneficial insects and predators. It will also provide some wind protection.
- 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:
- This is our first year. We follow the practices of Elliot Coleman and have visited his farm in Maine. We are currently enrolled in The Market Gardener Master Class by Jean Martin Fortier. This class follows Certified Organic practices.