Produce & Flowers

Pacific Crest Farm

Owner: Jen and Bob Keller

23720 Dockton Rd SW
Vashon, WA 98070
King County

Mailing Address:
7316 SW 240th St
Vashon, WA 98070

daytime phone: (206) 755-5095
evening phone: (206) 463-9002
Web site:

Application Date: 2016-03-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We would love to have a way to readily explain to our customers the way we raise the food on our farm. At the Famers Market especially folks often ask if we are certified organic. We then have to explain to them what we are. Becoming CNG would help us to communicate with our customers about the practices and standards on on our farm.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Saw advert in Growing for Market magazine
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Other Acreage:
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
tractor pulled chisel plow and rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
rye/vetch for fall and overwintering buckwheat and clover for summer fallow fields
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
local organic okara (soy bi-product from the organic Tofu factory) 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". *
1-2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Down To Earth Distributors (DTE) Bio Fish (contains fish bone, fish, feather, sulfate of potash, alfalfa and kelp meals)-applied to all vegetable crops at transplanting planting or direct seeding DTE Blood Meal-applied to allium crops before bulbing begins DTE Acid Mix (cottonseed and fish bone meals, Langbeinite, rock phosphate and kelp meal)-applied to berry crops in spring every other year Agricultural Limestone (applied in fall, light dusting on all fields, before cover cropping)
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
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. *
Chickweed-mainly a problem in our greenhouses over winter. We plant our fall/winter salad greens in black plastic film. We are going to let one greenhouse stay in cover crops this summer. Grass-mulching with grass clippings or transplanting into landscape fabric when possible Knotweed "Lady's Thumb"-vigorous shuffle hoeing, grass mulch, black landscape fabric for some crops Pigweed and Lambsquarter-vigorous shuffle hoeing at the cotyledon stage, grass mulch, landscape fabric Thistle-hand-pulling and dead-heading, grass and plastic 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. *
Flea Beetles-agribon cover and diatomaceous earth (used when too hot for covers) Cabbage maggot and loopers-agribon cover rust fly-agribon cover and diatomaceous earth (used on our parsnips, under 100 bed feet) aphids-spray off with water, cayenne/rosemary/dr. bronners soap
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. *
White Rot-6 year rotation on alliums Fusarium Wilt-this is mainly in our greenhouses. We have moved out all cucumbers, eggplant and basil to rotating high tunnels Early Blight, Brown Spot-removal of infected tomato leaves, no over head watering of potatoes
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
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 it is 200 feet to our neighbors and they are a huge field with radio towers. They do not spray and other neighbors graze sheep there. To the east we buffered by our own land except for one field that is about 50 feet from our neighbor's yard. To the south our greenhouses and one field are about 25 feet from a quiet road. There is a high hedge of blackberries along the whole property edge To the west we are buffered by 6 acres of woods except where our driveway enters the farm stand and there is a large garden there that is about 15 feet from the road on its western edge. The county does not spray or chemically treat weeds along this portion of road as per our request.


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: