Produce & Flowers

Wood Valley Ranch

Owner: Andrea Drayer

Address:
96-2232 South Rd
Pahala, HI 96777-0367
Hawaii County

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 367
Pahala, HI 96777

daytime phone: (808) 928-6267
evening phone: (808) 747-6418
Web site: http://www.ancientvalleygrowers.com

Application Date: 2021-09-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Because we use natural farming methods
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? *
by moringa grower Ed Rau
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? *
hands on experience for 7 years, KNF (Korean natural farming)

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
25
Number of above acreage that you own: *
n/a
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
15
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
20%
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
80%
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Mamaki Tea
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: *
Minimal tilling
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
perennial peanut and petite marigolds
Do you use Compost? *
yes
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". *
3 yards per 1000 soft
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
calcium carbonate, bio flora vegetable fertilizer.
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. *
invasive weeds like desmodium, hono hono grass and guinni grass are weeded by hand and composted.
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. *
Japanese rose beetle, pickle worm, cut worm, spittle bug. We use knf insecticide that we make here on the farm with chilli peppers and cinnamon bark.
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. *
Sometimes we get a fungal rot with our mamaki tea if we get too much rain. When the fungal rot occurs we use a solution of honey and water to mitigate fungus.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
we get plenty of rain here so we do not often need to irrigate. Sometimes it dries out and we use above ground sprinklers.
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. *
Jonnys seeds organic seed and Baker creek heirloom seed company
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. *
Pro mix and perlite.
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. *
To our north is an organic farm not yet producing a crop. to our east is a non farming resident and 200 ft buffer of trees. to our west is a coffee farm with a wall of palm trees, pine trees and Hala bush ( like agave but thicker) and to our south is a cattle grazing area.

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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
mamaki has never been grown on the scale in which we are growing it. Very little research has been done on this plant so if you need anymore information please visit our website, www.ancientvalleygrowers.com