Integral FarmOwner: Nick Baltos
1095 Melqua Rd
Roseburg, OR 97471
Web site: http://www.integralfarmroseburg.com
Application Date: 2019-02-17
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We strongly believe in farming with natural practices and want to pursue Certified Naturally Grown in order to help prospective customers understand our commitment to natural farming practices.
- 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? *
- Other farms that we have been customers of in the past.
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? *
- 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:
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- rotary plow to break ground, power harrow to prep beds and incorporate amendments
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Buckwheat, field peas, clover, vetch, mustard, oats
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Purchased complete, but planning to make all of our own in the future.
- 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". *
- 40 yards/acre
- 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. *
- Crushed Limestone, Blood Meal, Neptune's Harvest Fish and Seaweed Blend Fertilizer
- 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? *
- If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
- I don't feel comfortable saying no. We do not know of any applications, but we have only owned the property for 1 year. The land was previously pasture for grazing animals and was not farmed.
- 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. *
- Field bind weed, spiny field thistle, and various grass and clover regrowth in freshly tilled ground. We manage weeds with manual pulling, hoeing, flame weeding, and tarps.
- 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, cucumber beetles, spider mites. We have previously used insect netting and purchased a crate of lady bugs. Aphids were poorly controlled with these methods, so in the future we are planting non-food crops to attract more beneficial insects. We may resort to soapy water if needed to control aphids. We will also use crop rotation to reduce pest populations.
- 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. *
- To be perfectly honest, we are not well educated on plant diseases. We had what we think was powdery mildew on summer squash plants and we pulled off affected foliage including full removal of some plants. We have experienced something like a wilt in our tomatoes in our first growing season here, but we did not diagnose. Our general plan is to grow a variety of crops, develop a living soil and use crop rotation to control plant diseases. We added a large amount of compost in our first season then planted an over-winter cover crop. We do not plan to till the soil in the spring.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- South Umpqua River (Galesville Reservoir) and/or municipal water from the Umpqua Basin Water Association.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- 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? *
- 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? *
- 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. *
- We have neighbors to the north and south. The neighbor to the north grazes cattle and applies no chemicals to their land. The neighbor to the south is a wine grape grower; their plants are at least four hundred feet away and down-wind from the prevailing winds. The neighbor to the south knows that we are growing with natural methods and has agreed to not spray the grassy area adjacent to our gardens. To the west there is a road, which could theoretically be sprayed, but the gardens are approximately 500 feet or more away from the road. To the east is a creek and across the creek is vineyard. There is about 400 feet of separation between our gardens and the vineyard to the east with a woodlot in between.
- 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: