Produce Application

Valhalla Organics

Owner: Ruby Reid

Address:
Talent, OR

daytime phone: (541) 708-1279
evening phone: (541) 708-1279
Web site: http://ValhallaOrganics.org

Application Date: 2018-02-26

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
It's important to be able to communicate to people that we grow our produce naturally.
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? *
Farm business class at Oregon State University

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.1
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: *
As I mentioned in my poultry/livestock application, the chickens actually till the garden. We do not till in any other way in our garden beds.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
I vermicompost with organic household and garden waste
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". *
2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
we use the deep litter method; twice per year the mature compost is harvested.
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". *
approximately 20 gallons go into a 4x20 foot garden bed.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
early spring, sometimes in fall after harvest
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. *
none
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? *
no
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. *
Blackberries - i covered this in the livestock application, but I pull them up by hand and hack away the root balls or "brains." I've had success with boiling water as well, and the chickens help.
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. *
Aphids are the biggest problem and they are managed by periodic application of ladybugs per IPM.
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. *
Last year, our squash got powdery mildew. I pruned so there was better ventilation and that helped somewhat, but I did end up using garlic and neem oil sprayed follicularly and as a soil drench. The most diseased plant could not be saved, so I pulled it up and discarded it (did not compost it). The others recovered. I would use the same strategy if it happened again, but this year I plan to be more proactive with the pruning to insure more ventilation and hopefully less favorite conditions for mildew to develop.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Tap water, usually but not always filtered with reverse osmosis.
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

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? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
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? *
yes
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? *
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.) *
I stated this in the livestock application, but I live in a residential neighborhood where it's possible folks are spraying their gardens.
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. *
The yard is enclosed with a 10 foot fence at the back, and is set apart from most neighbors. I am in communication with my neighbors about their gardening practices. I also maintain a small greenhouse, which is an enclosed space and more protected from contamination than the garden bed.

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:
The section about acreage was hard to fill out because it wouldn't let me put in accurate measurements. My urban mini-farm is small. The plot we rent is roughly 8,000 square feet, with a 6x8 foot greenhouse and a 4x20 foot garden bed. I also raise some herbs in fabric pots in the front yard. So there is no "acreage" for crops to speak of, but we do produce quite a bit in that small space by utilizing permaculture principles, square foot gardening, companion planting, and extending the seasons with early and late crops. I have purchased a 5 acre piece of rural land in Bonanza, Oregon, which will be developed this year for apiary. Next year, we will add vegetable greenhouses. I just wanted to explain why the numbers for acreage were filled out that way.