Produce & Flowers

Rock 'n Roots Farm

Owner: Jon and Candice Orlando

16451 Grange Rd
Paonia, CO 81428-7111
Delta County

daytime phone: (970) 444-5929
Web site:

Application Date: 2021-09-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Rock 'n Roots Farm uses regenerative agriculture and beyond organic practices on our small farm. We would like to support and be certified in ways that is not financially and time limited for us. We think CNG is perfect for us!
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? *
Through our farmers market manager at The Arbol Farmers Market.
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 graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies and started a non-profit Urban Farm in Denver in which we were growing food on 3 acres in the city. Everything was grown organically and we hosted pay what you can farmstands at a few sites. We learned to grow by starting small and growing from there. At this point, we have been growing produce, herbs and now hemp for 12 years. We have always grown using CNG standards and now we have a chance to become certified!

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2.5 acres
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:
Hemp - .5
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:
We sell our products and herbs on our website-

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BCS walk behind till and no-till.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Clover, radishes, buckwheat, sun hemp, hairy vetch, alfalfa and peas.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
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". *
ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet
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. *
Growers secret, nitrogen 14-0-0, soy protein- every other week through mid-august. Growers Secret- soluble corn steep powder 7-6-4, monthly Growers Secret- Seaweed powder soluble- 0-0-16, Every Other Week in Mid July Pro-pel-it- Feather Meal- 12-0-0 -once annually in the spring Pro-pel- it- Bone Meal- 3-15-0- Once annually in the spring
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. *
Thistle- hand pull. Ragweed- hand pull. Plantain- harvest and dry. Bindweed- hand pull. Mange by using cover crop to out compete the weeds.
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. *
Squash bugs- pick and drown. Aphids- water and dr. Bronners soap mix and spray on them and hand pick.
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- buy PM resistant seed and spray baking soda, water and dr. bronners soap mix on it, pull plants. Use beneficial microbes.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Tropic ditch irrigation canal.
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. *
We use High Mowing Organic Seeds and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. We have been using them for 8 years.
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? *
Potting Soil
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Feather Weight by Paonia Soils. Coconut Coir Peat or Sphagnum Peat Moss Dynamic Dressing Chicken Litter Compost Worm Castings Dolomite Lime Gypsum Oyster Shell Flour Mycorrhizal Inoculant Azomite® – Ground rock high in Aluminum Calcium Silicate Perlite Kelp Meal Dried Molasses Compost Tea Feather Meal Greensand Humate
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. *
West side- unsprayed grass hay. East Side is currently fallow land. South side- minimally used railroad track Northside- North Fork River of the Gunnison.


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: