Produce & Flowers

Bright Thread Farm

Owner: Kelsey Richards

Burlington, WA

Web site:

Application Date: 2022-03-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are second-year market farmers with a successful CSA and presence at local farmers markets. We grow 100% by the NOP organic standard, but can't afford to be organically certified, and are otherwise leery of "certified organic" as it has come to be applied in greater commercial farming. Certified naturally grown is more inclusive, and closer to the ethos by which we farm and would like our customers to know us by.
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? *
The internet
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? *
Kelsey, part farm manager and owner, has experience farming on a certified organic market farm for 3 years, and an organic-practicing but uncertified farm-to-table farm for one. Both she and Trevor, the other farm manager and owner, took a year long farming practicum offered by Viva Farms in Skagit County, WA. All of this experience, plus our first year running our own market farm in 2021, have given us an understanding of the importance of growing sustainably, organically, and with the goal of protecting and enhancing our consumers' and lands' health through our practices and product.

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:
Kiwi berries
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: *
BCS walk behind tractor, though we're working towards a low/no-till system, to be accomplished by 2003
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
rye/vetch crimson clover
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Our compost comes from Viva Farms, the non-profit from which we lease our land. It is made from compost from the other various organic farms within Viva, and turned/ monitored to organic standard by the general Viva Farm manager.
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". *
2" 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. *
In 2021, we bought a pre-mix from Skagit Farmer's Supply. We applied it once at the beginning of the season. It was a blend of feather meal, fishbone and microhume which contains manganese, zinc, borno, copper, and some calcium. This year, 2022, we are purchasing from Skagit Farmer's supply again. This year we are applying a one time blend of feather meal, and fishbone.
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. *
We have a thriving native weed population on our farm, which we manage with flame weeding when possible, hand and tool weeding, mulching, and cover cropping.
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. *
Our primary insect challenges are flea beetles and cabbage root maggots. Our method of control are floating row covers, tacked over the crops most often affected (arugula, lettuce mix, brassicas) right after seeding or transplanting. In extreme cases, we apply diatomaceous earth over greens to help control flea beetles after every watering until harvest, and around the base of brassicas after every watering until the cabbage root maggot hatch seems to have passed for the season.
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. *
Our primary disease challenges have been tomato blight and downey mildew. This season, we plan to manage blight by prevention: rotating our crop, allowing plenty of airflow for plants, modifying our irrigation, and keeping soil from touching foliage or fruit. Downey mildew we hope to manage also by prevention, with crop rotation, and planting with plenty of space.
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? *
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. *
All of our seeds are bought within the standards of NOP Organic certification.
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? *
We mix our own
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Potting soil (SUNGro #3, OMRI), biolive, blood meal, bonemeal, perlite, compost
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 east and west, we are bordered by other small farms who farm within organic standards (one of which just got Certified Naturally Grown). To the north, there is a small slough and about a 50 yard buffer between the edge of our farm and another organic-grown farm. To the south, we have a buffer of at least 100 yards between the edge of our farm and a highway. Our farm is bisected east to west by a small dirt road used only by us and other farmers, with a buffer of 20 feet from the road to our first beds.


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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