Produce Application

Broken Gate Farm

Owner: Joshua Lockhart

Address:
Molalla, OR

Web site: http://brokengate.farm

Application Date: 2020-01-31

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am starting a farm after studying Organic farming at Clackamas Community College and interning for a growing season at Organic Redneck farm through the Rogue Farm Corps. I did a practice year last year on my own on a 1 acre plot that I am leasing. I intend to produce fruit and vegetable crops by organic practices this year to sell at farmers markets and through CSA. I would like to have a certification that represents organic growing practices without going through the NOP this year.
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 the Oregon City Farmers Market manager, while inquiring about selling at that market.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.75
Fruit Crops:
.25
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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: *
Tractor powered rototiller (forward tine) + Single bottom ripper for deep tilling
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye/vetch mix overwinter on post season tilled soil
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete by the truckload from supplier 17 miles away
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". *
3-7 wheelbarrow loads per 100' bed on 5' centers
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. *
Seeding mix for all seeding trays (1020s) Potting mix for occasional up potting of seedlings Vermiculite covering on most seeding trays
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. *
Strong weeds during practice run last year were amaranth, field bindweed, and rhizomatic grasses. The majority of control was done with hoeing weeds in their thread stage and using plastic mulch on bed tops. The future intent is to use weed barrier fabric between beds and plastic mulch on bed tops. Hula hoeing and hand weeding will be done wherever needed inside growing areas. Beneficial attracting plants will be sown or planted in boarder areas where possible to prevent weed growth.
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. *
Strong pests include aphids, brassica moths, and root beetles. Row cover will be used on brassicas to prevent moths, and on other aphid susceptible crops until flowering.
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. *
Strong diseases are powdery and downy mildews. These will be kept down by keeping weeds clear from around crops and trimming bottom growth of vine plants, both in order to increase air circulation.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water on site.
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? *
yes
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.) *
DOT roadside spray of some sort of broad spectrum herbicide used to keep overgrowth under control around ditches.
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. *
The North, East, and West are all pasture field managed by same owner as the leased CNG intended farm area. No chemicals are used in the pasture fields. The South is a road. There is a 20' buffer between the road and farm area. The roadside herbicide spray can be opted-out of by placing "No Spray" signs at each end of farm area.

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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