Produce Application

Leaping Lavender Herb Farm, LLC

Owner: Wendy Gorton

Address:
Murphys, CA

daytime phone: (510) 589-2473
evening phone: same
Web site: http://leapinglavenderherbfarm.com

Application Date: 2017-01-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I started my farm in order to offer an organically grown product. Being certified natural further supports that goal and lets my customers know I'm doing everything to make sure my herbs and flower are healthy for them.
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? *
Another lavender grower told me about Certified Naturally Grown.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.5 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
all
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
0.5
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:
At this point, I'm growing for my online store only, but will be branching out to have a farm stand and farmer's market. I am a member of Calaveras Grown and will be advertising my products there. Also, marketing my products to stores/restaurants in my town of Murphys.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We tilled when irrigation was laid, but use a no-till approach now.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We are using buckwheat to cover some areas for spring planting.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We produce some of our own compost from lavender clippings and leaf compost, but we also purchase cedar organic cedar mulch. We are using the "lasagna" method for weed control.
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 ton per acre
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 at this time. We will be adding a fertigation system in the lavender field this spring - using Critter-Maxx (castor oil) and Ferti-Maxx Fish (derived from rainbow trout, phosphoric acid, sulfate of potash)
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. *
We have star thistle and Bermuda grass. We have hand weeded areas and in others, we use cedar mulch and lasagna method of weed abatement.
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. *
Aphids, we use a solution of soap (Dr. Bronner's) and water. We rarely have this problem.
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. *
We have not had any disease challenges; however, lavender is prone to blight. Should that happen, we would remove the vegetation and wait until the following spring to replant. The winter cold/snow, supposedly kills the disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City 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? *
Trinidad Lavender Farm, Morningsun Herb Farm
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Conversation with owner
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). *
N/A
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. *
There are small family vineyards adjacent to my property. My neighbor to the south has a small family vineyard with about 25 vines. They do not spray. There is one residential property to the west of me, and they do not spray. East of me is a residential property, and they do not spray. North of me is a larger vineyard. I am told they only spray a sulfur/lime compound once a year to deal with mildew. There is a barn and a residential structure, as well as 200 yards between our field and this vineyard. No other agriculture is near me.

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:
We are a relatively new farm and have been following organic growing guidelines for the past three years of ownership. We look forward to continuing the path we are on and feel responsible for what we grow and how it's grown.