Produce Application

Bella Bolettino Farms, LLC

Owner: Chris Young

Address:
3857 North River Road
Palisade, CO 81526
Mesa County

daytime phone: (970) 261-6271
evening phone: (970) 261-7620
Web site: http://www.bellabolettinofarms.com

Application Date: 2018-03-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a boutique peach farm and Bed & Breakfast in Palisade Colorado. We produce five variety of peaches, table grapes, vegetable produce, and flowers. We have been practicing naturally grown technology and are moving towards certification.
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? *
Through research and Chris is the current president of the Mesa County Conservation District Board.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
7 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.25 acre
Fruit Crops:
3.5 acres
Hay:
none
Grains/Beans:
none
Sugarbush:
none
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We till less than 1/4 inch and only to stimulate soil for replanting permaculture.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Red clover, vetch, daikon radish, sudangrass, mustard.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Our farm is the primary source. Includes organic bedding and droppings from the chicken coop, grass clippings, organic vegetable and fruit scraps, chipped wood pruned from peach trees. Grass clippings are fertilized with organic compost as well.
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". *
Application is via compost tea as part of a fertigation system. No composted tea within 90 days of fruit harvest.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Only droppings from chickens on the farm, they are free range and fed only organic feed.
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". *
Compost tea as part of a fertigation system. No application within 90 days of fruit harvest.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
We apply the first two to three weeks in April, then none for 90-110 days, then reapply after harvest via composted tea used in fertigation system.
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 have used Mountain West Products "Soil Pep" which is an all natural product (screened bark material). We have used this to amend the soil for new trees. We only use this product when we plant new trees, the trees do not bear for three years.
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? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Glyphosate was last used in June 2016. No other pesticides or herbicides used since 1984. The land was fallow from 1984 until we removed all of the willows and tamarisk in 2014.
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. *
Primary weed is foxtail (Setaria) bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). We use mulch down the tree rows and grape rows. We use acidic acid and weed trimming for increased weed control.
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. *
Primary insect problems include twig borer, Lygus, and aphid. We control with dormant mineral oil, Spinosad spray, and lime sulfur. We spray mineral oil dormant spray during dormancy (February). We spray Spinosad at pre-bloom and at shuck fall (this is approximately mid-April and 90 days before harvest). We set Pheromone traps to determine the need for future sprays. We release an average of 6,000 ladybugs inside the orchard and place several Praying Mantis egg cases on the exterior of the farm each May. *The Mesa County Mosquito District may or may not be treating our riverbank. If they do there is a 5-7 foot berm that prevents any drift the distance between the river bank and our last southern tree line is at least 40 feet.
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. *
Primary disease problems include Leaf Curl and Corynueum Blight. To manage diseases we use lime sulfur and fixed copper which controls blight and peach leaf curl.
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 Palisade Irrigation District. The source of Palisade Irrigation is the Colorado 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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Sierra Gold Nursery and River Rock Nursery (grape vines).
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
N/A
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
Sierra Gold Nursery and River Rock Nursery. Trees and vines take three years to produce crops.
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. *
The Colorado River is the southern border and the closest orchards are 385 feet from our tree line to their tree line. We use a micro-irrigation system and we have a 5 - 7 foot berm between our last tree row and the Colorado River. The closest neighbor to the west is 83 feet from our last row of trees. The land is not farmed nor does he have a lawn. He mows his weeds. The neighbor to the east is a minimum of 50 feet from our last row of trees, 115 feet to his lawn, and 408 feet to his peach trees. To our north is Railroad Tracks, vacant land, North River Road, and the closest orchards are 623 feet from our tree line to their tree line.

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. *
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