Produce Application

Alaska Farm Fresh

Owner: Dirk Tanner

Address:
Kasilof, AK

Web site: http://sorry, none at this time

Application Date: 2020-02-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I love the grassroots idea as an alternative to the 'certified organic' government method which is inherently expensive, tedious, and doesn't necessarily mean you're getting a raw, natural, best possible option food. We grow an organic method permaculture farm on the Kenai peninsula and want to be able to have some type of nice backing that people recognize as a 'certification' that we are growing food right :)
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? *
web search trying to find out how I can identify my produce without using the USDA word "organic".

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
90%
Fruit Crops:
10%
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
livestock and pasture
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
chicken eggs
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: *
broadfork and tilther, no tilling
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
clovers, field peas, and companion planting
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, some from local horse owners, local brewery, uncooked produce scraps from markets, coffee grounds collected from local shops.
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". *
2-3 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
personally owned goats, sheep, chickens. Local horse owners.
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". *
1 inch deep.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
lime, fish meal applied small amount with transplants
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. *
chickweed, grasses. We hand pull and mulch/compost. Cover crops also help mitigate. No chemicals.
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, wasps. We use lady bugs and lacewing flies and make wasp 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. *
2-3 common vegetable diseases in our area would include things like 1) clubroot in brassicas, which is probably our most abundant crop genus. This can be identified by plant wilting though it's well watered, then pulling the plant up to reveal a large club root rather than many small healthy feeder roots. Since this fungus can live in the soil for many years, it is remedied by not planting brassicas in the affected areas (rotation), by destroying (not composting) all infected plant material, cleaning tools when moving from one garden area to another (and not moving any of the affected soil to a new area), precision watering so wet infected soil does not migrate, and not accepting brassica transplants from outside sources. 2) Powdery mildew on cucumbers and tomatoes in high tunnel due to inadequate ventilation and high humidity in nitrogen rich soil. This can be remedied by removing lower leaves to increase air circulation, controlling high tunnel humidity levels. I've heard farmer friends mix neem oil into a spray bottle with water and applying this has been helpful. I have not needed to try this yet and would want to be sure it was an acceptable practice in CNG. 3) Late blight in potato and tomato crop. To manage this, any diseased plant must be removed and destroyed. Mulch and trellis (tomato), Using irrigation that keeps the leaves as dry as possible can help reduce the chance of late blight. Proper spacing for good air circulation. Also using only organic, certified disease free potato is needed, and starting only from seed (no purchased transplants) is a practice we follow for nearly everything (only exceptions have been fruit trees, berry vines, and seed potato).
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
private well
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. *
forested areas surround. The Farm is in the middle of our 13 acre property.

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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
the link to your last comment "Certification Standards" leads to a page which reads: "This Page No Longer Exists" but I do agree. Can you please send me the standards to my email or tell me another place I can find them? Thank you!