Produce Application

Naselle Valley Farm

Owner: Alan Bennett

Address:
50 Whealdon Road(no mail, physical address)
PO Box 532
Naselle, WA 98638
Pacific County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 532
Naselle, WA 98638

daytime phone: (360) 484-3929
evening phone: (360) 214-1756

Application Date: 2018-10-26

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We grow apples, pears and grapes naturally and want to give our local customers at the Astoria CoOperative Grocery the peace of mind that we are certified. We can't really afford the Organic Certification and Certified Naturally Grown seems like a good fit to us.
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? *
Our produce clerk at the Astoria Co-Op mentioned it to us.

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: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
1
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: *
We mow the orchards.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We will use some cow manure in the off season around new trees. Once they are a couple years old, they don't get any fertilizer at all. By the time we sell fruit, they will have had abou 4 years with no fertilizer.
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". *
Five gallon bucket around drip line of new trees for a year or two.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
December
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 do not feed our trees. The first year, sometimes we use B-1 to ease transplant shock, but that is it and then by the time they are producing, they have gone 4-5 years without fertilizers at all.
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. *
We mow the orchards so they don't really have weed problems. If we did not mow, we would have blight and scabbing and insect problems.
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. *
We gather windfalls from the ground regularly and feed them to the cows. The cows love it and it stops insects from breeding in the dead fruit.
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. *
We have to prune annually to keep the center of the trees open and prevent scab and disease. Our fruit is surprisingly free of blight. This is why I would like certification, even though we don't spray, some customers wonder how the fruit can look so good. This would be an added value.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We only water the first year or two in the summer. We get 120 inches of rain a year...
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") *
We propagate grapes from our own vines. They root in organic soil and then we transplant them. We use Alaskan Fish Fertilizer for getting them going.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Brimm's Farm and Garden store in Astoria, Oregon. We buy apple trees from them.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
I haven't, but they are grown for four or five years before we sell any fruit from them, so we don't worry about that. We only buy fruit trees and grape vines.
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). *
Our fruit trees may not be grown to CNG standards when we buy them, but after four or 5 years of following those practices, when we harvest they are natural.
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 Naselle River surrounds our farm on half of the farm, about a half mile. Then the neighbor to the east borders us and he is organic and then our uncle has timber to the south of us and the forest gets no sprays, it is an old growth forest and he has no plans to log. The area along the river has a CREP border of 50 feet or more and it has 2,000 trees planted to establish a riparian area again.

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:
We planted our orchard, with 75 fruit trees, several years ago to time the fruit production with when I retired from education. I am retired now and we sold about 1,000 pounds of fruit this year. We will be having much larger harvests as the years progress and we would like CNG certification to assure our customers we follow your practices. We want to grow naturally anyway, so it fits our values and will make it easier to sell to our local co-op. They don't require it, but when I talked to them about getting organically certified, they suggested that CNG may make more sense for our small operation.