Honey Rock LandingOwner: Kyle Holton
2444 Dominguez Canyon Rd
Delta, CO 81416
Web site: http://www.honeyrocklanding.com
Application Date: 2021-05-11
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- For the past year, we have been transitioning our orchard into a more ecological management system. We are taking out all synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, working on building the soil fertility and accompanying soil biology, assessing plant health with sap analysis and only adding inputs that are non-synthetic. Next year, we plan to also add an apiary and want it to be certified under CNG. We believe that a successful agricultural enterprise is one that is ecologically-minded and regenerative.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- I've know about CNG for years. I've always appreciated the farmer-inspected philosophy.
- 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: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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: *
- We do not till the ground in our orchard and alley system. We use a no-till seeder to establish new plantings. For our annual feed plots, we sometimes lightly disc the top before seeding.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- We used a mixture of perennial Aberlasting White Clover, Bruce's Birdsfoot Trefoil, Chicory, Tonic Plantain, Small Burnet, Yellow Sweet Clover, various grasses including fescue mixes and wheatgrass.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We purchase complete, aged compost that has been properly composted according to USDA standards. The compost comes from organic sources and includes wood chips, organic bean stubble, aspen sawdust, rye straw bales and anti-biotic free 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". *
- We only apply manure in the orchard rows at 2-3 tons/acre.
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- I have listed an extensive source of products that we use for our trees. However for the pasture areas, we only apply compost extract from our purchased compost.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- We have low weed pressure due to our dry climate. However, native grasses and Forbes do germinate. Our plan to manage them is to continue to change build the soil structure and organic matter content until we find the niche for the legumes and grasses that we want to grow. As mentioned in our produce application, we do spray an organic herbicide in the tree rows which is called Suppress.
- 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. *
- As mentioned in our produce application, we do have some pest pressure in our trees. However, we have not experienced any problems with our pastures. If we experience future problems with them, we will treat them in the same we do with our tree system by creating an IPM protocol that would involve compost extract and teas, and building habitat for beneficial insects.
- 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. *
- Currently, we do not experience any disease pressures in our pastures/alleyways. However, disease pressure will more than likely come from nutrient deficiency as it relates to our sodic soils. For this reason, our management of pastures focuses on having proper nutrient cycling, building soil microbes, and provide foliar sprays of compost extract and teas.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We use irrigation water from the Gunnison river as well as from well water.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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 do our best to purchase organic seeds for our chicken feed lot (corn and sunflower) as well as our cover crops. Many cover crops are not organic, but we check multiple sources before we make a decision.
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- Our orchard is in an isolated canyon between Delta, CO and Grand Junction, CO. To the south of us along the Gunnison river is wild, uncultivated land. Farther south, a neighbor grows alfalfa, but the field is on the other side of a hill and at least two miles away. To the north of us, is another orchard that is not organic. They are three miles away. To the west and east of our orchard is nothing but wild canyon land. A dirt road provides access to the orchard.
- 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:
- I have filled out this application based on our current production of pears, cherries, and peaches. However, we plan to install an apiary next year and hope to expand a greenhouse operation for other berries such as strawberries.