Produce Application

Santa Rosa Ranch

Owner: Christopher Delaney

Address:
Barriere, BC

daytime phone: (250) 672-5175
evening phone: (250) 672-5175
Web site: http://santarosaranch.ca

Application Date: 2012-09-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am growing 30,000 Christmas Tree seedlings naturally on my land to reduce the effects and damage to soil and natural vegetation.
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? *
NY Times newspaper article

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
35
Number of above acreage that you own: *
35
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
35
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Douglas Fir Christmas trees
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:
Retail nurseries

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
planted naturally with no tillage
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. *
none
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. *
We planted the seedlings in an old hay field, so there are few weeds or competing biology other than the natural grasses and the odd pine tree.
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. *
Spruce budworms and Tussock moths are known in the area. Bark Beetles can also be a problem, but usually only on more mature trees. The larvae can be removed at the cocoon stage by hand in the spring. Any that make it through the summer are usually destroyed by winter freezing temperatures, which are sustained sub zero in that region from December through February. Our plan is to simply replace lost stock with new seedlings and develop our crop through attrition rather than use of any pesticides. The area has large naturally growing douglas fir stands that are very healthy.
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. *
none. We will simply replace any stock lost to disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
rainfall
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
Please describe the sources of your transplants. *
Sorrento Nurseries, Sorrento British Columbia Seedling Growers
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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). *
none.
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 is a fallow field on neighboring land about 10 acres deep. To the South, East and West are forested areas on our land at least 100 yards deep. Beyond these forested lands are more of our own land where there is no farming activity or contamination of any kind.

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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