First Light FarmOwner: Jane and Don Reis
27307 NE 100th St
Carnation, WA 98014
720 North 84th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Web site: http://upickseattle.com
Application Date: 2017-02-15
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We have been sustainably farming in the Snoqualmie Valley for five years. We would like to become certified as a way to share with our public our commitment to healthy soils and good farming practices that respect the biodiversity of our soil.
- 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? *
- Through Michaele Blakely of Growing Things Farm in Carnation who is certified through you. We have moved our farm to her land just this year.
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 are working on procuring a BCS tractor with a harrow and rotary plow for bed preparation. At the beginning of the season, we disc our soil and use a chisel plow if needed. We also use a broadfork in our beds.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Buckwheat, white clover, flowers, vetch, rye, Australian pea.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We cut the cover crops and lay them down as green compost/mulch. We also use compost from Mt. Oly which is a fish 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 inch deep
- 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. *
- Last year we used lime on our soil to increase the PH. Michaele's farm has been limed many times and therefore we will not need to use lime. We will know more about what we need after receiving back the results of our soil test.
- 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. *
- In our new field at Growing Things Farm, we have bindweed which we have been told is only eradicated using goats and pigs. Michaele at Growing Things has both of these livestock. We also have buttercup which is managed through mulching and weeding.
- 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. *
- Flea beetle. We use intercroping -- vegetables with cover crops to confuse the flea beetles as well as row covers.
- 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. *
- Since this is the first time on Michaele's farm, we do not yet know what we will face. On our past farmland, we were pretty lucky. Club root is in our valley, but we did not have it on our farm. Our valley is also susceptible to late blight which we have managed by keeping our tomatoes protected in hoop houses.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- The Snoqualmie River.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- 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. *
- Next to Michaele's land to the west are hay fields for at least 20 acres before another organic farm. To the east of her farm are Hmong farmers who grow flowers. At least 5 acres separates us from the Hmong field. There is a hedgerow at the southend of Michaele's field which connects her to fields that are hayed. TO the north of her farm is the Snoqualmie River.
- 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:
- We look forward to this certification process.