Produce Application

Happy Gnome Farm

Owner: Jayne Miller

Address:
27714 152nd St SE
Monroe, WA 98272-9522
Snohomish County

daytime phone: (989) 330-8367
Web site: http://Www.happygnomefarm.com

Application Date: 2019-04-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
On my farm I use practices that align with, and exceed in many ways, those that would qualify for organic certification. I also find the peer review system appealing as well as the financial feasibility of CNG.
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 a producer who was certified in the past and recommended that I apply (Local Roots Farm in Duvall WA)

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
N/A
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
1/4 acre
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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: *
Bcs walking tractor power harrow (comparable to spading in its effects on the soil)
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Vetch, rye and peas planted in the fall for over wintering
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local horse farm (composted 1 year)
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". *
3 tons oer acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
Garden Pearl's calcium carbonate lime (250 pounds per acre) and chicken manure pellets from Nutririch (500 lbs per acre).
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. *
Canary grass and its prolific rhizomes are my #1 weed problem. Harrowing and manual control by hoeing and hand weeding are the only methods of weed control.
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. *
Cucumber beetles, flea beetles, cabbage moths and wireworms are the primary insect challenges. Row cover is used to prevent cucumber and flea beetle damage and BT (Montery OMRI approved) is used for caterpillar/ cabbage moths. Prayers are used to combat wire worms! :)
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 damping off are the primary disease challenges in our wet climate. The only thing I do for this problem is to try to select seed varieties that are known to perform well in the northwest and its damp conditions.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water that is clean enough to drink according to our most recent inspection.
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. *
South=50 yares woods to nearest housing. Westt=100 yards untreated horse pasture b/t us and road. East= 1/2 mile uninterrupted forest. North = 200 yards woods buffer to nearest home

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 consider myself "beyond organic" for the care and attention I give to the land. I also think my operation is unique in that I use less than 50 gallons of fossil fuel per year for the entire operation, which I think would be an awesome add on certification for any farm: "low fossil fuel farm!"