Produce Application

Fat Cat Farm

Owner: Erik Dietz

Address:
81591 Lost Creek Rd
Dexter, OR 97431
Lane County

daytime phone: (458) 224-2040
evening phone: (541) 937-4050

Application Date: 2020-01-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
As a relatively new farmer I find customers like some sort of certification and I like the transparency that a CNG certification allows. Customers can go online and see my declaration and inspection reports. I look forward to the inspections and learning from my fellow farmers.
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? *
From a friend who's farm was Certified Naturally Grown.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3/4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3/4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3/4
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1.25
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: *
Other than the initial tillage to break ground we do no other tillage. All of our crops are hand tended and we never drive machinery on cultivated ground.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Winter Rye, Buckwheat, Oilseed Radish, will be experimenting with Sudan Grass and a Fall mix.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
For smaller quantities I have a local source of composted horse manure with no sawdust or wood shavings. For larger quantities I order from Lane Forest Products and generally get the OMRI approved Lane Garden Compost.
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". *
20 tons per acre
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. *
Granulated lime applied in the fall to raise PH levels, chicken pellet fertilizer applied in Spring, Boron applied in Spring, fish emulsion (applied by sprayer) on select crops depending on planting schedule.
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. *
Primary cultivation is done by hand or with a hoe. I also use a flame weeder for direct seeded salad mixes and carrots and want to experiment this season with using tarps. I have two areas on the farm with small amounts of bindweed which doesn't do as well with lots of vegetation. So I will keep an eye on those areas, plan on not growing anything there and keep the grass and/or a cover crop tall and thriving to shade out the bindweed.
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, flea beatles and slugs. I like using diatomaceous earth for the slugs and flea beatles and row cover/bug netting for everything else.
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 currently don't have any disease problems but one common issue is symphylans. If these are an issue on my farm I have read about growing sudan grass to around 8" and then working it into the soil, releasing the naturally occurring chemicals to kill off the pests. Also growing potatoes can help.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Lost Creek, borders my property.
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

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? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
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? *
yes
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? *
no
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. *
No neighbors are farming or doing any sort of agricultural growing/raising of livestock. Two neighbors to the North have a few horses that live on pasture. I am separated by neighbors to the North by a private road, then about 30' of pasture/drainage ditch before you reach my fields. To the East my closest neighbor is about a half mile up a steep winding road. To the South, neighbor is at least 1 mile away with 300' of woods between farthest point of our property and the border of their property. Neighbors to the West are at least 300' from our closest field with a road and fence between us.

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. *
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