Produce & Flowers

Pine Creek Lavender Farm

Owner: Terry Gorton

4223 Pine Creek Canyon Road
PO Box 1195
Pine, AZ 85544
Gila County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1195
Pine, AZ 85544

daytime phone: (619) 772-6005
evening phone: same
Web site:

Application Date: 2019-04-18

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a bio diversity farm and grow primarily culinary lavender. It is used and sold to make culinary products including items for our licensed bakery and other culinary items we sell. Also we sell our lavender for tea blends and cooking herbs directly to customers at our farm stand. We do not use any herbicides, pesticides, chemicals of any kind. We hand weed our fields. (We applied a pre-emergent the year prior to planting lavender in February 2015.) We believe in the principles and practice Naturally Grown guidelines and have since we planted.
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? *
We were referred by Mike Teeples of Red Rock Lavender
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: *
1.5 acres 4500 plants
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:
Lavender 1.5 acres(no specialty crop category so I used fruit)
Other Acreage:
pasture 2.5 acres
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
we grow about 4500 lavender plants of 3 different varieties: Grosso Lavender, French Provence (Culinary) English Royal Velvet Lavender (Culinary)
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:
Our Pine Lavender Farm Cooking School and our own licensed bakery and home canned jams facility.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Hand weeding. Lavender is a permanent, perennial crop. Average life span of 25 years.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
Do you use Compost? *
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. *
Yum, Yum. YUM YUM MIX® ORGANIC FERTILIZER Yum Yum Mix is an all-purpose fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is a premium blend of organic and natural alfalfa meal, cottonseed meal, greensand, kelp meal, planters II, rock phosphate, humate and dry molasses. Yum Yum Mix is a rich source of major nutrient elements. Earthworms and soil micro-organisms respond to this natural banquet by breaking down minerals and organic matter into available nutrients for your plants. Yum Yum Mix is natural, organic and completely safe for family, pets, wildlife and everything you grow. It is free of animal products, petrochemicals, and sewage sludge. Vegetarian approved - no blood, no bones. Yum Yum Mix improves soil tilth, moisture retention, plant vigor, and stress resistance. Used regularly, it helps create a balanced pH and a naturally fertile soil. Perfect for growing all annuals, perennials, vegetables, lawns, trees and shrubs.
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. *
Horehound, wild vining morning glory, a ground star thistle variety. We hand weed only using non mechanized hand tools. We have a full time ranch hand from March thru December whose primary job is to week and water our fields.
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. *
Lavender is an insect repellant. Our only pest challenge is Elk. In our area there are large Elk herds who do enter our fields but so not eat the plants but often tear up our slit tape irrigation hoses. We have 5 rail 6 foot pipe fencing but, they sometimes just jump it we guess because they can.
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. *
Lavender has two serious threats. Over water which leads to root rot (since we are in Arizona, we can control t his to some extent. We had assistance by farm services to design our irrigation system. Also, contamination from bacteria usually arriving on the shoes of people who have walked in other farm field. We do not allow customers to go into our fields for that reason.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have two. Our residential water well and irrigation rights to Pine Creek. (we have about 35,000 gallons a week available. Our 4500 plants use about 9,000 gallons weekly.
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. *
We are in a rural area where historically only cattle grazing has been practiced on open lands. The area has become more residential in the past two decades. There is only us and a hay farmer about 4.5 miles away. Other than that, a few home gardens.


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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