Produce Application

Huston Creek Farm

Owner: Mary Jo Endress

Address:
3205 W. Saddlemule Ln.
Deer Park, WA 99006
Spokane County

daytime phone: (509) 499-9235

Application Date: 2014-11-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small farm that is just starting to produce organically grown hard neck garlic. We checked into organic certification and found it overwhelming for a small farm. We consulted a garlic grower with over 30 years of experience in this business and he recommended your Certified Naturally Grown program. We were so thankful to know that this program was available and that standards are actually as high or higher than USDA organic. We grow our own organic food and would like to offer a product that meets these standards without all the hassle and fees.
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? *
We called Bob Phillips from Texas whose gourmet garlic website has been our guide for growing our garlic the last 4 years.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.0
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.0
Fruit Crops:
0.25
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Garlic
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:
Just getting started so we haven't gotten our feet wet yet when it comes to marketing. We will be developing an online presence, as well.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
50 horse power tractor with disc unit. Rototiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
In the garden, we use organic waste from our kitchen: organic coffee grounds, veggies, etc. as well as our grass clippings that have organic fertilizer used on them.
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". *
1-2 inches over 0.5 acres
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We are growing our garlic, this first year, in our unused horse runs where there is 3-4 inches deep horse manure (aged for 6+ months)
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". *
3-4 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Haven't had to apply any yet.
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. *
We soak our garlic cloves in Liquid Seaweed before planting. We also plan to use Liquid seaweed as a fertilizer in the spring.
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. *
In the horse runs, we encounter cheat grass and other local weeds. We will be hand weeding around the 4-6 inches of straw mulch covering our garlic. In our vegetable garden area, we rototill, hand weed, and use grass clippings to mulch. Our fruit tree area will not be used to sell product.
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 currently have no issues with our garlic. We soak our cloves in baking soda over night and just before planting place cloves in rubbing alcohol for 3-4 minutes. This decreases the potential for fungus. We understand that rubbing alcohol is on the list of organic pesticides.
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 may be the biggest challenge for garlic. We have described above how we attempt to prevent fungal issues.
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? *
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 west is a neighbors alfalfa pasture and fenced horse area which is approx. 30 yards from our garlic area. This alfalfa is used for their own horses. No other fields with crops border our property. We live at the end of a dead end road.

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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