Produce Application

Bluegrouse Winery and Vineyard

Owner: Michael Abbott

Address:
2182 Lakeside Rd
Duncan, BC V9l 6M3
County

daytime phone: (250) 815-0247
Web site: http://www.bluegrouse.ca

Application Date: 2018-03-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
WE are a small vineyard who are very active on an environmental program. At the moment we are not recognized with any certification for our practices however we look to change that in the coming years. Certified naturally grown has the same core values as us on the farm so it seems like a very suiting certification for us to seek.
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? *
Online and from other farmers

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
7.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
15
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:
7.5
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
7.5
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
7.5 acres of young vineyard for which we needed to use OMRI-listed herbicide in 2018 because vines were to delicate to withstand mechanical weed control. These vines will not be harvested until ~2021.
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: *
Spader discs
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Winter rye Clover Peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm. composted chicken manure from local farm
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". *
30 yards per acre
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. *
Guarantee Organic Kelp - Foliar spray x 3 Sustance - fertilizer x 1 lime- Used only when needed
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? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Round up One application of herbicide was used in the Spring of 2017 A spectrum of fungicides was used in the 2017 growing season to combat powdery mildew (last used Aug 25, 2017)
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. *
Under vine management. Weeds compete with young vines and remove available nutrients in old vines. We have adopted a mechanical weeding practice that eliminates the use of herbicides in our established vineyard. It is called a grape hoe. In row weed management is done using cover crop and mulch. We will be experimenting with an omri listed herbicide (axxe) this year in our young vineyard. This is because we do not have the ability to cultivate as efficiently between plants since they are still young and fragile. In our established vineyard it will be 100% mechanical 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. *
WE manage mite levels with a sulfur based fungicide called Kumulus Df (OMRI). It is applied at bud break and at different intervals in the growing season depending on disease pressure The spray is targeted for powdery mildew and is used multiple times per season however for mite pressure it could be considered as once.
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. *
Powdery mildew and botrytis bunch rot are our biggest growing condition challenges. We have changed our spray program to Omri listed products potassium bicarbonate x2 Kumulus DF x3 Serenade opti x4
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Irrigation pond on the property
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? *
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. *
On our southern property line we are 100' from a hay field. West and East is forest On the Northern property line we are more than 100' from a hay field.

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:
I am aware that we are not outside of the 36 month period. I am seeking a transitional certification.