Juniper Layne FarmOwner: Jennifer Browning
9803 SE Hillcrest Road
Happy Valley, OR 97086
daytime phone: (503) 810-9181
evening phone: (503) 810-9181
Web site: http://https://www.juniperlayne.farm/
Application Date: 2020-02-25
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I am committed to growing the best vegetables in a sustainably and organically way. I believe the Certified Naturally Grown program provides that extra layer of assurance for customers that what I am saying about my growing practices has been verified by a third party. I plan to pursue organic certification in the coming years as the farm and business grows, but this feels like a great first step. I also appreciate the community of other farmers that this program has built in to it and I look forward to learning from those doing similar work around me.
- 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? *
- I heard about it first on a podcast or maybe in a class. I don't remember, it's been a few years.
- 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:
- 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: *
- I am farming with minimal tillage. The farm is set up on a 30" permanent raised bed system. A BCS with rotary plow was used to build the initial beds (1/8 acre) in 2019. I will be using the BCS with a tiller to break new ground and building the raised beds using the rotary plow for the 2020 season. I am also getting a power harrow attachment for the BCS and will use that to mix amendments and create a smooth seed bed as needed.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- In winter 2018-2019 I used a rye and vetch cover crop on a small existing plot of ground. In the spring of 2019 I was able to expand some of my growing area, which has not been in cover crop. At the end of the 2019 season, all of the plots were tarped for the winter. I plan to incorporate cover crops into the plots at the end of 2020 season.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- I purchased organic yard debris compost and organic composted cow manure from off farm sources.
- 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". *
- approximately 1-2 inches deep on each bed
- 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. *
- I am having the soil tested each season and adding fertility as needed based on the results. Currently the pH is pretty low, so I am getting that up with Dolimite lime (Pro-Pel-It Dolomite Pellet OMRI). Feather meal (Pro-Pel-It Feather Meal 12-0-0 OMRI) and Chicken Manure - Stutzman’s Sup’r Green Chicken Manure 3-2-2 (Organic) were also applied in 2019 to increase nitrogen levels.
- 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. *
- I have some annual weed pressure mainly from grasses. I do my best to cultivate weeds while they are still very small and have seen a significant reduction in weed pressure over the last two years. I am also using silage tarp to reduce the weed pressure on beds. This year I plan to use landscape fabric on some beds in order to further reduce the amount of labor spent weeding. Landscape fabric will be used in lettuce, squash, tomato, cucumber, pepper beds. Wholes will be burned into the landscape fabric and it will be used for the next few seasons. I am also purchasing a flame weeder and will used to create a stale seedbed for root crops.
- 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. *
- Primary insect challenges are cabbage moth, thrips, aphids, slugs, and cucumber beetle. I use yellow stickly traps to monitor and have sprayed Bt, neem oil, Dr. Bonners soaps as needed. Sluggo is used primarily in the spring when slugs are a bigger issue, as needed throughout the season. I am purchasing insect netting this year and I hope to see a significant reduction in these insects.
- 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. *
- I have had powdery mildew on summer squash and downy mildew on onions this past year. I am planning to do more successions of squashes to reduce the amount of time harvesting off one plant. Also watering in the morning so everything has an opportunity to dry throughout the day.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- The farm is on municipal water.
- 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. *
- I primarily purchase seeds from Johnny's Select Seeds and High Mowing Seeds. All High Mowing Seeds are certified organic. I strive to select organic seeds from Johnny's as much as possible. In coming years I will work toward sourcing organic seeds major seed companies. In 2020, my seed order was already made by the time I decided to pursue CNG certification. I would say right now seeds are approximately 60% certified organic.
- 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? *
- I purchase Teufel's Professional Choice Organic Potting Soil
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- I purchase Teufel's Professional Choice Organic Potting Soil
- 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? *
- I buy onion starts from Dixondale Farms and seed garlic from Filaree Garlic Farm (Certified Organic).
- 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). *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
- The farm is located in a neighborhood, with houses and yards all around. I have informed my neighbors that I am farming with out the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc and for know that are also not using those products. That could change should homeowners around the farm change. I am doing everything I can to stay in communication with them.
- 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. *
- The garden plots are on the back of the property, set back from the road. There is a 15ft green space along the back of the property. The property borders a large wooded greenspace to the east. On the west are private residences and I am in communication with my neighbors about my farming practices.
- 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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