Produce Application

Wilderness Earth Farm

Owner: Mark Boydston

Address:
36995 Ansel St N
Soldotna, AK 99669
Kenai peninsula borough County

daytime phone: (907) 744-5334
evening phone: (907) 744-5334

Application Date: 2019-04-18

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Certified Naturally Grown standards are effectively the same as Certified Organically Grown but with much less paper work and expense. I want to have the CNG certfication for marketing and also to support sustainable ecological farming.
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? *
Growing for Market magazine and farmers markets in Alaska

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.75
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2.83
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.75
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
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:
Kenai Food Hub

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BCS walk behind tractor with tiller and precision depth roller to prepare raised beds. Single rotary plow to cultivate new ground and bed maker to make raised beds. Greenhouse I use an electric tiller to incorporate compost and mineral ammendments
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats/ legume mix with inoculant
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
TNT organic compost, Soldotna, AK Susitna Organics, Palmer, AK both purchased
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 inches deep per application
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Green sand, Calphos (0-3-0 Granular) alfalfa meal (2.5-0.5-2.5), Granubor (14.3% Boron), lime, Alaska peat, blood meal (N = 13.25%, P = 1.0%, K = 0.6%), Alaska fish bone meal (see https://www.alaskasea-ag.com/product-analysis.php)
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. *
Newly cleared land and tilled last year. Wee management if it occurs will be through stale seed bed method (silage tarp for 2 weeks), flame weeding and cultivation with hand tools - stirrup hoe, terrateck cultivator
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, thrips and white fly likely - would use Safers insect spray as needed Cabbage root maggot will occur - insect netting at time of planting. Slugs - iron pellets or other organic method. As needed
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. *
powder mildew in the greenhouse - manage by opening the sidewalls about an inch and forcing heaters on for about an hour a day rain or shine. In conjunction with ventilation fands, this prevents excess moisture build up in the greenhouse and controls PM right through the end of the season. Safers fungicide for backup if needed. Tomato and cucumber plants that have seed borne Cucumber Mosaic Virus would be pulled and disposed of in plastic bags at a permitted landfill facility. Other control method is by planting disease resistant varieties.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
On site well at 72 feet. The aquifer is uncontaminated.
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") *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Johnnys selected seeds. Grafted certified organic tomato plants.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
No but assuming they used organic
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). *
N/A
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. *
Uncleared forest on east west and south for 200 ft. On the north, a two land road and residential development that will not likely be converted to farming becuase the real estate is too valuable.

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 will be my first year on this farm growing anything and also growing for market