Produce & Flowers

TRUE ROOTS ORGANICS

Owner: Ian Kilgore

Address:
1199 S 1ST ST
Nyssa, OR 97913
Or County

daytime phone: (208) 989-7829
Web site: http://www.truerootsorganics.com

Application Date: 2021-03-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown to help reassure our customers that we indeed have the appropriate farming practices. Clean and sustainable practices for the health of the customer and land we farm.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
Certified USDA Organics with ISDA
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
searching alternative certifying options
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? *
We learn how to farm vegetables with a mentor from a local farm in Kuna, Idaho. 2021 is our 8th year raising fresh produce. In the past, we have certified USDA Organic which has prepared us for CNG standards.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
>3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
4
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1-2
Fruit Crops:
1/4
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
2
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Hemp
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:
farm events, CSA membership

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Strip till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Johnny's spring green manure mix (organic)
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
Mammoth P-- Bacterial culture (1%), alfalfa (2%), water (97%)
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? *
no
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. *
For general weed control, we keep the weed managed by mowing/weed whipping the lanes in between beds. The permanent beds are "strip-tilled" with mulch collected/grown here on the farm. We plant a diverse plot and use the canopy to control weed growth directly on our beds such as hemp with watermelons. Puncturevine and other weeds of its severity are solarized with clear 6mm poly greenhouse plastic. This plastic is never buried and is removed, stored, and reused. This year we have acquired a wood chipper and will be mulching problem areas with wood chips and other plant materials raised on our farm
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-- create a biodiverse environment that e courageous predator and beneficial insects (ladybugs, green lacewing, praying mantis on the farm
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. *
Root Rot. Remove plastic mulch from the operation.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Snake River
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 seeds from primarily "Johnny's", "High Mowing", "Territorial Seed". We search for organic seed at Johnny's and if they do not have stock of the specific variety we will search the next seed companies. If we can not find the variety we will look for an "untreated" option. We verify every seed company has a current "safe seed pledge" and do NOT use or purchase any seed that has been treated
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? *
purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Canadian sphagnum peat moss, Horticultural perlite,Calcitic limestone,Dolomite limestone,Organic wetting agent,Organic slow release fertilizer
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? *
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.) *
conventional farm fertilizer/ pesticide
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. *
We manage our border/ fence from our neighboring field. Do not spray signs are consecutively places along the border. Both our field and our neighbors have a buffer from the fence to crops. The neighboring field is positioned to our North and west

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: