Produce & Flowers

Courage to Grow Farms LLC.

Owner: Phillip Moore

Address:
Spokane Valley, WA

Web site: http://www.couragetogrowfarms.com

Application Date: 2021-03-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We want to be able to have certification to work with partners that require CNG certifications.
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? *
Steward and Montague Heritage Farms
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3 Acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
6 Acres
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Greens, baby root vegetables, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, zucchini, winter squash, cabbage, other market garden style vegetables.
Fruit Crops:
Strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and cantaloupe
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No till, we use a tiller to break ground on new acreage but we always hand weed and never till after the initial ground break.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Alfalfa, Clover, Pea, Buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Clean Green 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". *
4 inch deep per bed row
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. *
none
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. *
Likely weed challenges are bind weed, goatgrass, bull thistle and other weeds native to Spokane. We hand weed all of our bed rows using our hands or the "Neversink weed tool" and keep the walkways weed-free by using a hand-held wheel hoe. We also use a flame weeding method, as well as sterile bed prep. We use absolutely no sprays, herbicides, pesticides, or any additional foreign aid to weed management.
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. *
Actual and likely pest challenges are flea beetles, mites, and other nematodes. We manage pests with the companion planting method. We also use row cover and never spray. When we find a vegetable that the pests eat on, we share the garden with them by not harvesting that particular row and letting them feast, which in turn keeps them off of the other plants. We also believe that healthy soil is a big contributor to pest, weed and disease control.
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. *
Likely disease challenges can be diseases when plant pathogens become established when environmental conditions are favorable. Losses due to disease can be reduced through a combination of proven disease-prevention methods: Select adapted, disease-resistant varieties. Use transplants that are free from disease. Plant closely related vegetables in separate areas of the garden (Table 1). Rotate garden areas to prevent planting closely related vegetables in the same area year after year. Control weeds that compete with vegetables or harbor plant pathogens. Control insects that may carry disease. Remove and destroy diseased plant material. Remove plant refuse soon after harvest. Disinfect garden tools and shears. Maintain a balanced soil fertility program.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Agricultural Irrigation Water in the Otis Orchards area.
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. *
We purchase organic seeds from our 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? *
We purchase organic potting soil
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Organic potting soil from our supplier mixed with perlite for increased drainage.
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. *
N/A
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. *
To the north there is at least a 50 foot buffer from a residential area To the west is a residential road the farm has a 25 foot buffer from the road To the south is our home and our neighbor/ landlord's home and a 50 foot buffer from either of those To the east is a 50 foot buffer from a residential 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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm: