Produce Application

Forbes Family Farm

Owner: Gordon & Steven Forbes

Address:
6722 Meadows Drive
Oliver, BC V0H 1T4
Canada County

daytime phone: (250) 498-4264
evening phone: (250) 498-4264

Application Date: 2009-03-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are looking for an alternative to certified organic. We believe in the principals of organic farming but not the paperwork.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
yes
If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
We are at present members in good standing with L.E.O.G.A. - Living Earth Organic Growers Association south Okanagan - British Columbia
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
We have been certified with L.E.O.G.A. for the past 5 years and with P.A.C.S. for 3 years before that.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
From a fellow member of L.E.O.G.A.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
13
Number of above acreage that you own: *
13
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
8
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
3
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
pigs chickens turkeys ducks geese
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: *
dissing
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
fall rye oats
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
cull fruit and veggies grass clippings our own animal manure
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". *
1-3 ton per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
our 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". *
1-3 ton per acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall
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. *
worm castings
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. *
weeds around fruit trees we use a flame thrower and grass clippings for mulch.
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. *
cherry fruit fly - GF120 peach tree borrer - bt - dipell
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. *
leaf curl corinium blight powdery mildew We use lime sulfur and sometimes fixed copper
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Okanagan river
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") *
all transplants are grown according to CNG standards.
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 - wetland(on our property, protected wildlife habitat) 50m + west - wild scrub brush approximately 50m to neighbour east - paved road from town(this is our only concern so we keep crops at least 25m back or sell as conventionally grown). north - neighbours dirt driveway. A good distance to his crops 25m+

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: