Rugged Cross FarmOwner: Dan Reid
39817 Kingston Jordan Rd
Scio, OR 97374
daytime phone: (720) 939-1778
Application Date: 2019-12-20
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- My family and I moved to Oregon from Colorado. We want to grow good healthy food for ourselves and our surrounding community.
- 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? *
- While I was doing research on certifications for Organic farming.
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: *
- Minimal Till, I will be using a two wheel tractor with a Power Harrow attachment, and the rest will be done with hand tools.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- I will be purchasing a good quality compost 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". *
- Heavy feeders 5 wheelbarrows a bed, Light feeders 2 wheelbarrows a 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. *
- None at this time
- 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 am new to the area and not exactly sure what weeds I will encounter but a few I have noticed are Thistle, medusahead, loosestrife, diffuse, blackberry's. I plan to start by covering my fields with large black tarps to kill all teh growth going on now, as I plant my crops I plan to space them tightly together to reduce weed growth and maximize my yield. I will be transplanting as many crops as possible which will cut down on weed's, I will be using a weed free compost, I will also hoe the gardens as often as possible and not let the weeds go to seed.
- 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. *
- I am new to the area so again I dont know specific insects, but likely challenges would be my Summer squash being attacked by a cucumber beetle, or my tomatoes having black rings around them from a work or radishes having holes in them. So I would start by having diverse plants, insects, birds, and other such things living together on the same site, this will minimize the opportunity for pests to get out of control.Things like birdhouses, bee hives, and bat boxes will help with bio-diversity on the farm. I will also likel use things like row covers over certain crops, handpicking, pheromone traps, sticky traps.
- 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. *
- When I think of disease challenges for plants I think of three categories. Viral disease, Bacterial disease, and Fungal disease. Viral I would beilieve are teh least common, and most of those spread by seeds so using a high quality seed should do a lot to prevent that. Bacterial disease can be severe and would reqwuire me to act fast to take care of that, thye happen a lot with rainy weather which Oregon has some of. If I find a sick plant while walkng around my garden and inspecting my plants, I would remove the sick plant from the soil carefully so they dont touch other plants. I would throw the sick plant or plants away, ands even change my clothes before going back into the garden. Fungal disease are i believe the most common of the three. I would start preventing this by avoiding damaging my plants tissues at all times, from weeding to harvesting. They reuire a poin of entry to the plant, I would also want to prune my plants on a sunny day, water in an open wound on the plant would create a perfect set up for disease such as blight.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- I will be using my well for irrigation of my crops. I have several water spickets that are built at different points on the property for irrigation of my crops.
- 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. *
- The only crop that is grown near where are crops will be aare Christmas trees, and they are about 60 feet or more away from our field across the road. to the north of our field there are no crops growing, and to our east it is about 100 feet to the woods, and than to the south it is about 40 feet to our house.
- 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: