Produce Application

Henry's Hillside Herbals

Owner: Henry Garcia-Alvarez

Address:
7253 Threse Trail
Browns Valley, CA 95918
Yuba County

daytime phone: (530) 741-2520
evening phone: (916) 373-9823
Web site: http://hhherbal.us

Application Date: 2017-08-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I seriously want to participate in a "grassroots' certification movement. When our farm's produce is ceritified naturally grown we expect to increase sales
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? *
through internationalagriculural development oragnizations = Agriculural Coperatives Development International / Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Development [ACDI/COCA] International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements [IFOAM]. Internet search

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: *
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:
3 - all planted with medicinal herbs
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Hydrosols
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:
local 'word-of-mouth" marketes, plus referals from herbalists

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
no-till system
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
oats, clovers, annual grasses
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
all produced 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". *
one full shovel per one square foot
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local certified organicpoultry manure from; "Flying 'T' Poultry Ranch
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". *
one shouvel full per one square foot
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring/ Fall prior to transplantin, and fall tree feeding
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. *
No other fertilizer sources are used
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. *
Black Berry plants, annual grasses . Both plants are roged as need for new seed beds, and near perennial beds
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. *
small grasshoppers, beetles; grow 'natural' barriers of preffered grasshopper plants [ annual forbs and grasses]. hand removal beetles. Elaborate natural and 'companion planting' habitat
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. *
Some seasons a leaf-spot or leaf fungus develops. Treat by removing leaves and controlling growing area for a dryer environment
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Browns Valley Irrigation District.
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? *
Jonny's Select Seeds; Nichols Garden Nursery; Marquart Gardens
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
They are officially certified as 'Organic Grown'
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, all are certified organic grown
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 no commercial farming operations adjacent to our property. to the North; cattle fence then a mixed hardwood/pine forest; cattle are grazed in the area: to the South is the asphalt one-lane county road with 30 feet between road and property with large perennial plants as a buffer : to the the West; 100 feet wide, mixed hardwood /pine forest between property line and neighbor's house: to the East 30 feet mix hardwood/pine forest + 100 feet open field to neighbor[s chainlink fence.

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:
The farming principles and methods we use to grow medicinal herbs from this soil come from the several growing philosophies combined; the Fukuoka [sp?] Method as introduced in his writings , "One Sraw Revolution" method, and Bill Mollison's "Permaculture" Method. We believe that by implementing these methods , we go beyond the UDA certified organic methods and complement the natural enviornment here as we intergrate our practice of 'naturally grown' framing methods.