Produce & Flowers

Valley Organics

Owner: Navjot Singh Khalsa

Address:
Lodi, CA

Web site: http://valleyorganics.us/

Application Date: 2021-08-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am interested in getting certified as a Certified Naturally Grown (Transistion) farmer as I am on my 2nd year transition from conventional to organics practices for my 9 acre walnut orchard. Currently the USDA Organic transition certification is costly for me, and I am looking for CNG as an affordable alternative.
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? *
Google/Internet
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? *
I have 9 acres of Chandler Walnuts that are approximately are on their 6th leaf year, last year (2020) was my first commercial harvest, 2019 harvest was non-commercial. My family has been farming nut crops for over 20 years in Northern California. I have been studying and reviewing organic practices over the past few years. I have never utilized conventual pesticides at my orchard since it was planted in 2015, only light herbicides were used in select areas in accordance to local sustainable practices. After 2019, only OMRI approved organic fertilizers and pesticides have been used, and weed control has been practiced using mechanical and eco-friendly/organic friendly methods such as flaming/heat suppression. These practices are in compliance of USDA organic practices and CNG standards.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
9
Number of above acreage that you own: *
9
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
English Walnuts (Chandler)
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Nut Trees: English Walnuts (Chandler)
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: *
Tractor Rear Rotary Tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
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. *
Organic Ferticell Pro K 0-0-20, applied foliar September of 2020. Organic fish emulsion blend (1000924427) 10-0-4.1 from Nutrien Ag Solutions, applied May of 2021.
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. *
Weeds around tree lines are controlled mechanically and using eco-friendly/organic friendly methods such as flaming/heat suppression. Weeds in row centers are controlled via mowing regularly.
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. *
Leaf mites and husk flies are a problem in mid-summer, leaf examinations are done to monitor the mite population and lure traps by a PCA are used to monitor the husk fly population. Organic control is applied using OMRI organic pesticides such as PyGanic Crop Protection, Venerate XC, Entrust SC, and Biomite sprays.
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. *
Crown gall, and nematode are a concern, so farming equipment such as pruners, shovels and other tools are routinely sanitized to prevent cross contamination. Paradox VX211 rootstalk exhibit some tolerance to nematodes, but good sanitary practices are still necessary.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Agriculture 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. *
Seeds were no used.
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? *
no
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. *
North side is a public road, west side is 50+ feet buffer to a grape vineyard, south and east sides both have a 15 feet dirt road buffer to grape vineyards.

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:
If the buffers around my property are not adequate, I can comply with USDA organic and CNG practices by harvesting the nuts next to the buffer separately as conventional and not selling or labeling it as "certified".