Produce Application

Leisen's Bridgeway Farms

Owner: Janet Leisen

Address:
5150 Wikiup Bridgeway
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Sonoma County

daytime phone: (707) 217-9156
evening phone: (707) 217-9156
Web site: http://leisensbridgewayfarms.com

Application Date: 2013-02-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are currently selling our produce at a local grocery and they would like to place it in an area where certification would indicate that it is farmed naturally. We also will be applying to sell at local farmers markets and would like to have a way of indicating (beyond our own assertions) that we are farming using natural techniques
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? *
Online search for labels

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3
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:
1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Melons,
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: *
tractor rototiller with raised bed attachment to establish beds. Tilling with small rear tine rototiller and hand cultivating established beds
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Fava beans, mixed bell beans, peas, vetch and barley, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete certified organic, on farm produced
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". *
2-3 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
goat dairy, horse farm, chickens on 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". *
composted and used as above
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring and 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. *
Oyster shell flour: once a year, Greensand: once a year, Rock phosphate: once a year, Feather meal pellets: once a year for high feed crops
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. *
bermuda(crab) grass: Tillage, flaming and mulch, purslane, thistle, and other broadleaf: flaming and hand weeding, mulching between beds. This year we have obtained a flamer and will attempt to control between beds with repeated flaming. Within the beds we have tried using cover crops to smother weeds and will use flamer as recommended to reduce weeds prior to transplant. We also use plastic mulch temporarily on beds with melons and tomatoes.
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: row covers and sticky traps, beneficial nematodes and insectiary blend borders, removal of crop residue and weed control, White fly: same, Leaf miners: same. We also have encouraged birds by placing birdhouses on the perimeter of the fields.
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. *
Fungal diseases were our nemesis last year. We will be using more air circulation in the hoop house and more resistant varieties. We also will be using a professional soil test to determine our nutritional needs for the plants and inoculating our seedlings with antifungal microbes.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well water
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Territorial Seed company, this year only, herbs only.
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). *
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 south of the fields 20 feet separate the field from our gravel driveway. To the west the fields are separated by 80 feet from the paved road easement (directly adjacent to the field is an 60 foot wide chicken pasture separated by fencing). To the north: there is a 100 foot section of native vegetation between the field fence and the paved road easement. To the east are our barnyard and outbuildings 30 feet from the cultivated areas and 100 feet to the property line. The Eastern neighboring property is cattle pasture and is separated from our property by a seasonal creek.

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:
Our farm is nestled in a small valley surrounded by two year round creeks, the southern creek is Mark West Creek, a major tributary of the Russian River and habitat for salmon and steelehead and the endangered western pond turtle. We are surrounded by oak woodlands and isolated from conventional agriculture.