Produce Application

Araceli Farms

Owner: Justina Salinas

Address:
7389 Pitt School Rd
Dixon, CA 95620
Solano County

daytime phone: (312) 618-8667
Web site: http://aracelifarms.com

Application Date: 2018-05-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
When deciding what certification to apply for CNG really resonated with me as it shares the same values that our business does. A big part of Araceli Farms is being transparent, being apart of our community / creating a community with our clients and always looking for feedback. I felt this certification is the most fitting for us.
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 online and patchwork farms

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: *
60
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
52
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
52 (leased out)
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
6
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
We grow Lavender and that is what we are hoping to get certified for. The other acreage we lease is on a rotation of sunflowers, tomato, alfalfa and corn. There is a 300-400 ft barrier between the crops.
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:
Online

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Our lavender is planted on beds and will not need to be taken out/replanted for 8-10 years. We have grass planted in our furrows for any water run off. The grass does not require watering as it goes dormant in the summer and we use drip irrigation.
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. *
nothing is used.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
no
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
Honestly, i'm not quite sure. The farmer who leases our land applied the chemical fertilizers back in July of 2016 since then we have not applied anything at all - I have a copy of the report of everything applied and can scan and send over.
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: *
The farmer who leases our land applied the chemical pesticides in July of 2016 since then we have not applied anything.
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, weeds, weeds! We have crews come out who manually de-weed our rows. The grass in the furrows also have weeds but we just mow them down. We use citric acid (organic) to help maintain our weeds down.
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. *
Pest challenges are mainly gophers/moles. We dig a hole in their tunnel and place traps in that hole.
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. *
Phytophthora 1. Test before you plant 2. Provide excellent drainage and dry soil 3. Not planting too deeply 4. Removing plants with Phytophthora
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Solano Irrigation District
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Victor's lavender https://victorslavender.com/
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
n/a
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Conventional farm field (if conventional means non-organic/natural) that leases from us
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. *
there is a 300-400 ft buffer from where the row crop starts to our lavender fields in all directions

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. *
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