Produce & Flowers

Tangled Thicket Farm

Owner: Melissa Correia and Joanna Kenyon

Address:
19460 E Hickox Rd
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
Skagit County

daytime phone: (206) 617-7301

Application Date: 2021-09-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are interested in building community with other like minded farmers and like the ideals that CNG represents.
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? *
Another farm we follow on IG recently became certified.
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? *
We are still learning. We’re in our 3rd season producing fruits and veggies for market/CSA. We learn best by observing others and trying different techniques ourselves, but we have also taken classes and workshops and do a lot of reading. We’re connected to WSU Extension, our local Conservation District, and local permaculture enthusiasts. My family had a small farm.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.75
Fruit Crops:
.25
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
We lease 6.5 acres to a neighbor who grows hay using organic methods (not certified). We have another 6 acres or so that we are restoring from noxious weeds and overgrown hedge nursery stock.
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We till some areas and use permanent raised beds in others. We are moving towards low/no til practices. We use a broad fork for aeration.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Organic cover crop mixes (eg., winter rye, vetch, Austrian winter pea)
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We currently purchase complete organic compost but are moving to on-farm composting of chicken bedding, clippings, and crop residue.
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 on rows each spring,
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Our chicken manure and bedding (pine shavings).
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". *
Chicken bedding is composted. We’ve added the compost to hugelkultur beds, mixed with other plant matter and soil.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Early spring.
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. *
Lime, feathermeal, fish bonemeal, sulfate of potash, magnesium sulfate, pre-mixed organic fertilizer. All fertilizers are organic and sourced from Skagit Agronomy.
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? *
yes
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. *
Pigweed, dock, thistle, and a terrible Seteria (bristlegrass/giant foxtail?) are a challenge. We use silage tarps to kill existing weeds and create a stale seedbed. We do a lot of mechanical control, pulling weeds and using hand tools. We use mulches (wood chips from our property, locally purchased straw) where appropriate. We scythe around orchard trees and in the food forest. We cover walkways between rows and in hoop houses with a plastic/landscape fabric that was purchased by a former property owner.
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. *
We use Integrated Pest Management that includes: using row covers to exclude flea beetles and other pests, beneficial nematodes to reduce wireworms, neem oil (occasionally), organic dormant spray on fruit trees. Insect challenges include: Aphids - infested plants are removed. Slugs and weevils are removed by hand.
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. *
Powdery mildew and early blight (tomatoes) are controlled with copper spray and/or dormant spray when needed/as applicable.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We pay for water from the Public Utility 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

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. *
We purchase organic/open pollinated/non-GMO seeds from local, certified organic seed companies including Uprising Seeds, Adaptive Seeds, Siskyou Seeds and others as needed. We also save a lot of our own seed.
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
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
Purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
We would love a local potting soil mix! We currently purchase organic potting soil from Costco. (Miracle Grow Organics and Whitney Farms Organic)
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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. *
N/a
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
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. *
Our main field abuts a residential yard on the west side with a large laurel hedge (10 ft wide and 15-20 ft tall) and walkway between the properties. They do not use chemical herbicides or fertilizers. On the southwest corner of the field there is a conventional grower. This is more than 70 ft from our field and there is a very large laurel hedge between, creating a buffer. They have grown wheat, black beans, and corn for the past three seasons. The hoop houses we grow in are in the middle of the property and more than 150 ft from any roads or conventional agriculture.

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. *
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