Produce Application

Fair Curve Farm

Owner: Aubrey Schooley

Address:
1057 5th St
Ferndale, CA 95536
Humboldt County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 83
Ferndale, CA 95536

daytime phone: (559) 246-2246
evening phone: (559) 246-2246
Web site: http://faircurvefarm.com

Application Date: 2019-04-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
As we trudged through the process of receiving a California organic certification and anticipated impractical high-costs of certification and inspection fees, we decided to look for alternative certifiers. We have decided that the CNG program is the best fit for our farm, considering we are dedicated to following NOP standards and want to show our customers this in a professional way, without hurting the profitability of our business. In addition, we market our product mostly through direct sales where we feel that Organic Certification is unnecessary. But with the intention of ensuring our customers we adhere to organic standards, we want to have an official certification. We also love that the CNG program encourages interaction/accountability with other/neighboring certified farmers.
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? *
From the Growing For Market magazine.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
4
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.5
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:
Local Hospital, Local Food Bank, Senior Resource Meal Program

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
disc and rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Bell beans, vetch, perennial pasture grass
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Composted chicken manure from D Stutzman Farms
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". *
20-50lbs per 4'x100' bed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Throughout the year, applied to each new bed
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. *
Microna Ag Lime, applied to most newly prepared beds throughout the year, 20lbs per 4'x100' bed
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. *
We combat annual weeds such as nightshades, chickweed and grasses by manually removing them with hoes (hand, hula, and wheel hoes). Also pull them by hand.
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 combat pest pressure (flea beetles, cabbage moths, cucumber beetles) in the field using row cover. We also use practices like cover cropping and crop rotation as a preventative measure. We also experience slug pressure in/near our greenhouse and hardening off area (not on flats/trays/plants, only surrounding areas), for which we apply Sluggo (Monterey, OMRI-approved, active ingredient is Iron Phosphate) after hand-picking and taking measures to minimize pest habitat.
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. *
We practice crop rotation and cover cropping. We also make sure our harvest supplies are clean and dried properly before storage.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Water sourced from well on 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? *
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 and east, there is non-certified, no-spray perennial pasture owned by the same owners of our leased property. To the south, there is no-spray, non-certified perennial pasture owned by neighbors. To the west, there is no-spray farmland owned by neighbors. There is a 20ft grass pathway on all sides to accommodate vehicles.

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: