The Green Seed NurseryOwner: Austin Booth
2742 SE Territorial Rd
Canby, OR 97013
daytime phone: (503) 756-8935
evening phone: (503) 756-8935
Web site: http://www.tgsdesignandnursery.com
Application Date: 2019-05-14
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I am starting a nursery specializing in native and drought tolerant perennials and shrubs grown in containers. I currently run a sustainable design and build landscape company which attempts to reduce our impact in all ways possible from running our truck and skidsteer on a b20 (wish I could get b99 here) as well as never using any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. I plan on implementing the same principles into my nursery as well but feel that I need to be certified to justify the higher price on my plants that will be necessary due to higher operating costs growing organically on a smaller scale.
- 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? *
- Oregon City Farmers Market Website
- How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
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:
- Drought tolerant perennials, shrubs, native plants, some herbs and berry plants all grown in containers for installation in landscaping.
- 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:
- Spring/fall garden shows, sell plants to our landscape design customers, and direct to customers at our Nursery.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- No till needed for container nursery.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- 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. *
- Not sure of exact fertilizers I will be using as I am just starting out. Most likely some sort of premix that is Omri certified. May make my own compost teas or use worm compost generated on site.
- 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. *
- Mainly using black woven nursery fabric at the moment as a mulch to suppress weeds in container growing areas. Will likely cover fabric with gravel in the future and will kill weeds with flame. Nursery containers will be hand weeded.
- 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 are the only insect problem I have had issues with. I control it with water spray and neem oil.
- 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. *
- Powedery mildew, have used neem but may look into other natural oil based products as well for better control.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Well water, will likely need to drill a new one when Nursery grows.
- 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? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- We will occasionally get new plants to grow from other nurseries which we will plant on site to propagate from. We will grow these plants organically on our site for at least a year before propagating.
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- All plants will be perennials and will not be propagated from for at least 12 months.
- 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. *
- Road is on south side, residential neighbors on west and north side. Conventionally grown hazelnuts are on the east side but our growing area is on the west side of the property approximately 150ft from the hazelnuts with some trees and buildings acting as a buffer.
- 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:
- Excited to start growing CNG plants to give consumers an alternative to chemically grown landscape plants.