Produce & Flowers

Kauai Specialtea, Tropicals and Spice

Owner: Rebecca Stirling

Address:
6770 Koolau Rd
Anahola, HI 96703
Usa County

Mailing Address:
44971 Highway 82
Aspen, CO 81611

daytime phone: (970) 948-4683
evening phone: (970) 948-4683

Application Date: 2022-01-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We grown specialty teas, tropical fruits and greens, and spices. Every part of our production is chemical free, natural, and organic. We would like to certify this so that our consumers know that we care about them and our environment
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? *
Malama Kauai
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 learned to farm by purchasing land with existing trees in 2015. Since then we have expanded, planting and producing crops, initially for the farm to school program. Now we would like to expand the program we have to sell our teas, produce, fruits and spices to the larger market we have reached and established.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
9
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.5
Fruit Crops:
2.5
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
teas, spice, roots
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:
specialty

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
hand
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
pea
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". *
1-2 inches deep
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. *
compost from farm. organic material from composted vegetation. used monthly
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? *
no
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. *
guinnae grass. managed with pepermint oil (twice a year), digging out roots, clipping, mowing and weedwhacking
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. *
pigs! managed by electric fence. worms managed with neem oil twice a year when flowers appear
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. *
moisture rot and mold. managed by planting in open spaces with enough sun and ventellation
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
mostly rain occasionally well water in drought
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. *
kauai seascapes, propogating seeds from the farm itself, plant it hawaii
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? *
mix own on the farm
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
organic material from our farm soil
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
kauai seascapes, plant it hawaii
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
N/A
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 the north i have two acres of unplanted land that i own. to the east the same. to the south and west are topographym, tropical jungle, then roads

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:
thank you for this opportunity! we look forward to your guidance and to be a part of this program!