Produce Application

Senkos Farm

Owner: Gary Strokos

10240 SE 242nd Ave
Damascus, OR 97089
Clackamas County

daytime phone: (503) 702-3959
Web site:

Application Date: 2019-03-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
As a small direct market farmer, who practice sustainable organic farming methods, it would be economically hard for for me to be “certified organic”. However, I still want customers to recognize that I do commit to sustainable farming practices. Plus, I rather be part of a certification that connects and empowers farmers to be self reliant with no government over sight.
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? *
From fellow farmer

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:
1 acre
Fruit Crops:
.07 acre
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: *
Small compact kobota tractor with 36” tiller. Tilling once in being of season for bed prep and sometimes tilling again at season’s end for winter cover crop. For most springs beds are not tilled rather portion of field is covered by silage tarp in late winter to help break down organic matter, resulting to having little bed prep for seeding and transplanting. In side high tunnel only broadforking and mulching methods are used.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Winter oats, Austrian vetch, and winter peas for winter. Crimson clover and buckwheat for summer
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and purchased complete
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". *
1-2 inch deep
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. *
Feather meal, lime, glacier rock dust, and kmag are used for every bed prep, with portions vary depending on crop. For general soil structure development or soil remediation gypsum is used with humid acid being applied once or every other year I foliiar spray religiously with kelp mostly and sometimes aerated worm tea (source for vermincompost is on site), spraying occurs once or twice week in spring scaling down as season gets warmer. I also used aerated compost tea for drenching most crops at least once after being transplanted or for IPM (inter grated pest management). Ingredients for the tea includes molasses, dry or liquid kelp, vermincompost, fish emulsion, bat guano, and mycorrhizae . Listed ingredients are not always used together, it depends on availability and cost. For every transplant dose of mycorrhizae is applied
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? *
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. *
Quack grass butter cup in orchard and herb garden, which is managed by manuel/hand weeding/ pulling and mulching. For crop fields, various grasses, buttercup, thistle, dock, lamb’s quarter and other members of the amaranth family. Combination of hand weeding and flame torching in the beginning, followed with hand tool cultivation particularly with wheel hoe. I try to grow crops close to each to choke out weeds as well. In summertime for spent beds or areas of field not being cultivated I use buckwheat to choke out potential weeds, however, this sometimes leads to buckwheat becoming a weed problem in of its own.
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. *
Flea beetles-managed by row covering in early part of season, insect trapping using various mustard plants, spraying liquid kelp. Spotted and stripped cucumber beetle—managed by hand picking, for cucumber family crop I use kaolin clay (Surround WP) dipping crops in the clay solution just before transplanting. Aphids— managed by insect trapping with various plants, removing the most infected plants, and spraying with liquid kelp and or garlic/ horse tail liquid solution(source on site) Only had one ground insect problem, the wire worm, this was mainly the first year after breaking ground to form the fields (I have two fields that are split by the high tunnel) without knowing the pest problem the worms devastated my first year. I managed the problem by multiple tills and applying nematodes. When opening the second field I let it solarize for a season after plowing and tilling and then added nematodes. Have not had too much of a problem since then. Only two occasions have problems with flea beatles and cucumber beetle been so bad that I applied pyrethrins (Pyganic) and or Organicide. For fruit trees, I have used neem oil, and horticultural oil for pest management.
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. *
For fruit trees and berries I have used liquid copper fungicide (Bonide) and Organicide, as well as spraying aerated compost tea Fortunately, I have had minor disease problems to annual crops, besides typical pm for cucumber family crops at the end of season and minor blights to tomatoes that I have just isolated and remove those plants. No particular disease problem has occurred that was problematic. When plants have shown problems...more likely some sort of nutrient deficiency I have applied kelp spray and or aerated compost tea
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
On site water catchment and well
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. *
To the west the field closest to the road is 50 feet away from the road with shrubs and few small trees along the road. Have plans to create full hedgerow in near future. For adjacent neighbors to the east, a creek separates us which the field closest to the creek is 50 feet away for those fields on the other side of the creek, they being used by minor number of cattle on a 50+ acre lot. Our mediate neighbors to the north use no chemicals and are about 200 feet away from fields. To the south lays a 2 acre fallowed field.


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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