Produce Application

Myriad Ranch

Owner: Janis Davis

Address:
4800 Myriad Way
Anderson, CA 96007
Shasta County

daytime phone: (530) 510-0174

Application Date: 2020-03-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are raising produce using organic methods, however do not want to go through the requirements of paperwork and expense to be certified organic. We believe that becoming Certified Naturally Grown is a way to show our customers that we value raising produce naturally yet will not have high costs to pass on to them.
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? *
I saw the logo on a banner at a certified farmers market.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2 1/2 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
20 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
1/2
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
1
Sugarbush:
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:
Online

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Garlic -Turn Over Plow; Tiller Blueberries - No tillage
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
For the Garlic: Buckwheat and Brown Mustard - For the Blueberries - No cover crop.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Garlic: Bagged Composted Chicken Manure from Lowes Blueberries: No 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". *
1/4 Deep on rows only
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
(See Above) Bags from Lowes - Composted Chicken manure
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". *
1/4 inch deep in rows only
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. *
For Garlic - Alfalfa Pellets at Fall planting; Seaweed Extract and Fish Emulsion from March until June; Organic Blood Meal applied in March. For Blueberries Organic Sulfur and Peatmoss
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. *
Garlic - Primary weed control is rice straw at planting time and manual removal maintenance after that. Blueberries- Dallis Grass manually removed and maintain with Vinegar 30% an Orange Oil.
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. *
Garlic - Thought we had a few bulbs that had wire worm however it turned out to be Fusarium. Planting a green manure crop of brown mustard and rotating the garlic annually will help with many pests that we could have; Voles - Trapping. Blueberries - Slight problem with Birds. Berries must be picked often not leaving them to tempt the birds.
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. *
Garlic - Fusarium has been our primary issue with some of the garlic varieties that we raise.We treated the cloves, prior to planting with Regalia Bio-Fumigant. It is OMRI certified. We are working on correcting the Fusarium by building our soil with green manure crops, like buckwheat and brown mustard, being careful to turn them into the soil before they go to seed, adding alfalfa shredded alfalfa hay added to the rice straw mulch. Over all building up our soil and the immunity of the garlic plants against Fusarium which is naturally in the soil. Additionally, increase the air flow from fans when the garlic is curing, after harvest. Another important thing is annual rotation to a new location, not planting in the same soil year after year. Blueberries - Making sure to correct the soil acidity up to keep the plants healthy, by applied organic sulfur every few years.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Community Service District Ag/Domestic Water
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. *
A 150' Buffer is on all sides of the garlic crop. The Blueberries are 100' from neighbors property and 25' from our dirt drive.

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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