Produce & Flowers
Black Fox FarmOwner: Joe Redden
14055 Brokenhorn Rd
Garden City, ID 83714
1418 N Vineyards Ave
Meridian, ID 83642
daytime phone: (208) 869-8930
evening phone: (208) 869-8930
Web site: http://drycreekgrowers.com
Application Date: 2021-07-11
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- As a need to show my customers that I'm growing in an organic system and knowing I'm not under the USDA corporate structure.
- 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? *
- 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? *
- I'm self taught I learned a lot from books and doing. I have been farming for three years now and I feel CNG standards match my ideology and practices to grow healthy nutrient dense food. For me growing organically is the only way yo grow food for my local community.
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: *
- 2 1/2
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Lettuces, Arugula, Spinach, Beets, Carrots, Brasscicas, onions, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, fennel, squash
- Fruit Crops:
- Blackberries, currents.
- soybeans, greenbeans
- 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: *
- BCS walk behind tractor, using more no till practices.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Winter Rye, Oats, peas, sudangrass, buckwheat, vetch, clover, winter wheat.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- purchased complete from a professional maker.
- 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" 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. *
- Bio-life 5-4-2 Down to Earth fertilizer its a pre-mixed OMRI listed; Ingredients (Fish Bone Meal, Fish Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Crab Meal, Shrimp Meal, Langbeinite, and Kelp Meal); It is used before every heavy feeder crops/ or side dressing for crops that have been establish. Azomite rock powder 0-0-0.2 Down to Earth, OMRI listed, and is used once a year.
- 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. *
- my primary weed problem is white top, goathead, and lambs quarter. My primary means of control is cultivation using wheel hoes, wire weeders, and hand tools.
- 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. *
- my primary problem is flea beetle and root maget. my primary method of control is insect netting.
- 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. *
- fugal disease have been a problem and to address this I have change to more proper irrigation such as drip. Another potential problem is planting tomatoes in the same spot for multiple years. The deal with is I will us graphed tomatoes with disease resistant root stock. I also have issues with aphids and other pest that I address with inter planting beneficial flowers to attract predatory insects.
- 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. *
- I start by buying organic seeds and if one company doesn't have it I try other seed companies.
- 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. *
- perlite, compost, Bio-life fertilizer, peat moss.
- 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? *
- If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
- conventional farm field to the north of my plot. Alfalfa field using round up for their weed management.
- 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. *
- there's a two track road to divide my field from the north along with 10 acres of fallow land for the last 3 years leaving a major buffer from the conventional field. Then to the east is paved road with no spray signs. Then a creek to the south and finally another organic 4 acres to my west to buffer me from the conventional field.
- 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: