Produce Application

Elkton Community Education Center

Owner: Valerie

Address:
15850 Highway 38 West
Elkton, OR 97436
Douglas County

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 684
Elkton, OR 97436

daytime phone: (541) 584-2692
Web site: http://elktonbutterflies.com/produce-stand/

Application Date: 2018-09-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
This seems like the best way to get the team here at Elkton Community Education on the same page about the practices we need to use to achieve this certificate together and have a cohesive way to talk about our farms cultural practices.
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 the ROOTS magazine Author, Jared Posey who I had randomly read before did a nice write up about becoming a Certified Naturally Grown approved farm and that's really stuck with me.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1 and 1/4 Acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
30
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1/2 Acre
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3/4 acre
Fruit Crops:
1/2 acre
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: *
With a tractor occasionally in the fall and once in the spring. Trying to cut back on the tilling.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, Mustard, Crimson Clover, Blends> Tritictlate Wheat, Oat, Rye, and Fava Beans.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm grass clippings and green manure grown, and veggie scraps/ waste. One load from the DC COOP organic compost.
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". *
Ten Wheelbarrow loads per 1000 square feet
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Yes, steer manure from Dodge Creek Stables.
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". *
ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall and spring after it's been put through the compost
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. *
Lime pellets (Pro-Pell it; slow release Dolomite) from DC COOP, and Down to Earth Products Bone Meal, Cotton Seed Meal, Feather Meal, and a brand of Gypsum.
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. *
Hire high school kids to pull weeds, and use tarps to kill the weeds, on the edges started putting bark chips down, and occasionally straw when we have the money for it, also for this years spring garden put cardboard and newspaper down and that really worked well. Also leaves and cover crop are used to help keep out the weeds when no veggies are planted in the beds.
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. *
2017 A breyer product that is organic approved was used to control cucumber and squash beetles 2018 Yellow sticky traps, hand pinching, and two applications of Neem Oil were applied. Also basic H soap was used to kill aphids, (brand Skaklee) Next year I would put some of the crops under a row cover to protect them. If the pests were still bad would probable use Neem oil again if it's approved because it was easy to use and worked well.
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. *
Bacterial wilt has been a problem this year and the way we handled it was to remove the plant and dispose of it. We want to practice clean cultivation and cultural practices as we can.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
The Umpqua River. We have river rights and is a public river.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
yes
If yes, please explain: *
and no. All I know is we were never to drink the river water as a kid. I know people raise cattle along the river/ creeks so that can add to the contaminants.
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") *
All garden transplant/starts are grown according to the CNG Method and are put out for sale. We are also in the Nusery Business and buy starts and bareroot from various sources but isn't seeking a CNG certificate at this time.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Territorial and Log House
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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). *
We do have a Native Plant and perennial Nursery and at this time the goal is not to get that certified under CNG.
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.) *
On the property round up type product is still used to spray fence lines and the gardens fence line and orchard were spayed this year. We are also close to the fort and it was sprayed this year. So that's unfortunate and are in transition to changing that. Update: Last spray on garden fence line was Aug 10, 2018. As of that date, no spraying of prohibited materials within 50 feet of the garden or orchard and volunteers are instructed not to spray on windy days.
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. *
From the East there is a school and that's over 400 yards away from the garden. To the North we have the main Road and that is way over 600 yards away from the Garden. To the West there is a sheep farm but we have a heavy tree line that acts as a buffer from their fields and in addition to that it's over 400 yards away from the lower garden (main). The next property is closer to the asparagus patch, orchard and upper garden that's ten feet away but to my knowledge it's not using any harmful chemicals.

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:
This farm is on the same property that the City of Elktons Leech fields are. From my research it's safe as long as the system is working and they check it at least 4 times a year.