Produce Application

Healthy Harvest Fruits

Owner: Frank & Jan Wehrli

Address:
595 Porter Hill Road
Stevensville, MT 59870
Ravalli County

daytime phone: (406) 546-4851
evening phone: (406) 546-4851

Application Date: 2014-03-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Certified Naturally Grown acknowledges and confirms our farming practices and verifies this to our customers with a "certified label". This would be a valuable asset in the marketing of our fruits.
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? *
Research by internet, searching for "organic ways" and "natural growing".

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
6
Number of above acreage that you own: *
6
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.5
Fruit Crops:
5.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
18
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:
Grown in Montana website. Direct fruit sales at the Farm, (by appointment).

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Orchards- planted in orchard grasses, clovers and cover crops. Vegetable gardens are rototilled and some hand digging.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
All of orchard is planted with cover crops, which are mowed and mulched. Crops consist of orchard grasses; rye; white, yellow & red clovers; various alfalfas; and vetch.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Lawn, grass clippings and orchard hay, chicken manure, vegetable garden plant residue, and deciduous shelter-belt tree leaves are used in our 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 Gal./orchard tree; Veg. Garden: 5 wheel barrows/1000sq.ft.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Our chicken manure from our farm is included in our 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". *
applied as above under compost.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
post harvest and early spring
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. *
Products used: Down-to-Earth (DTE): Bio Fish 7-7-2(fish bone, fish, feather, blood, alfalfa & kelp meals, sulfate of potash, and humates); DTE: Feather Meal 12-0-0; DTE: Seabird Guano 12-12-2; DTE: Humic Acids; and Azomite. All of the above products are applied once in spring, in various combinations depending on area of orchard and individual tree needs. DTE: Soluble Fish Powder is sprayed as a foliar spray in early spring and early summer, post-bloom. Also Micronutrients -Ca., Mg., Zn., and B. are used to maintain tree health and fruit production.
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. *
Knapweed, tansy, thistle, salsify in orchard. Quackgrass in gardens. Weed outbreaks are controlled by hand pulling/removal if allowed to flower. All pulled weeds are composted thru out the summer in HD black plastic trash bags to kill seeds. The summer sun/heat accomplishes this.
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. *
The Codling Moth (CM), (apple worm), is our major pest of apples and pears, is controlled by Pferomone (mating disruption)-applied to trees in early May; dormant & summer oils, (Omni Supreme Spray)-used in 2 dormant sprays, and every 14 -20 days in summer; CM Granulovirus (Virosoft)-applied in 7-10 day intervals during the first generation of CM;, and Kaolin clay (Surround)-applied in every spray tank to coat the trees & fruits. The Cherry Fruit Fly (CFF), (cherry worm) is our major pest of cherries, is controlled by dormant & summer oils and Kaolin clay. The CM and CFF are monitored with traps and lures, and if a large outbreak is detected, an application of spinosad (Entrust)is used. Other pests include aphids, scale, leaf rollers, all of which are controlled by above methods
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. *
Apple scab is our primary disease and is controlled by neem oil and kaolin clay.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Bitterroot Irrigation District (BRID) from Lake Como, Hamilton, MT. Our private well is also used in early spring and late fall.
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
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: from our orchard and vegetable gardens to our fence line is from 50' to 100' of open field and shelter belt trees, (3-4 rows of coniferous and deciduous trees and shrubs). The neighbor to the north is farmland- non-irrigated dry-land wheat. To the east: from our orchard to our fence line is 25' to 30' of open field. The neighbor to the east is open fields of native grass for approx. 300' to the neighbors home. To the south: from our orchard to our fence line is from 450' to 550' of fields with pines, deciduous trees and native grasses. To the west: from our orchard to our fence line is 350' of pines, deciduous trees, and native grasses

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:
The Healthy Harvest Fruit Orchard is a family owned & operated farm. We have been growing fruits since 1982. Our farm is approximately 24 acres, with 5.5 acres in fruit orchards. We use only safe & natural pest and orchard controls. We grow over 20-plus varieties of Apples, Bartlett and Anjou Pears, summer and fall Plums, pie and sweet Cherries, and even Peaches and Apricots when the weather allows! We believe that "Natural Growing" grows healthier fruits & makes it taste better! We are Healthy Harvest Fruits......because we believe in healthy harvests.... Thank You! ~Frank and Jan Wehrli~