Produce & Flowers

Root Rock Farm, LLC

Owner: Sequoia Van Manen

Eckert, CO

daytime phone: (303) 903-8159
evening phone: (303) 903-8159

Application Date: 2022-02-22

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our farming practices are consistent with the requirements and goals of the CNG certification. We would like to support the program and gain recognition as complying with CNG standards.
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? *
Various other farm contacts
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 come from an organic farming background. I attended a Quaker farm boarding highschool in New England where I learned the core values of organic farming. After having small gardens for over a decade, our family moved to an agricultural area to start a small farm five years ago. We have been slowly converting hay fields into cultivated land. We have always focused on regenerative farming without the use of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We believe maintaining a healthy, living soil is the best way to create nutrient-dense foods for our 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: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
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: *
Conservation tillage only using BCS (two wheel walk behind) tractor. We lightly till only the area that will be planted.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
rye, radish, vetch
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and purchased from local compost producer. Compost that is made on the farm reaches temperatures of 140 + degrees for at least 72 hrs. After the heating is complete, piles are turned and will heat back up to 120 degrees. Piles are then aged for 10-18 months. Before apllication, piles are sifted through 1/4 inch screen and anything that is not fully decomposed is added to a new compost pile for further break down. Composts that are purchased are from reliable a local compost manufacturer, who maintains proper temperatures and screens all composts prior to sales. These composts are then tested before purchase.
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". *
25 wheelbarrow loads per 1000 sq ft
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. *
We amend the rows once before planting to agronomoist's recommendations for organic production after testing our soil. The amendments we use are all approved for certified organic use and include: gypsum, glacial rock dust, organic 444 fertilizer,small amounts of micronutrients depending on soil test.
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. *
We have bind weed, prickly lettuce, chicory, lambs quarters, smooth brome, and white top. We hand weed everything and use mulch.
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. *
The pests we deal with are grasshoppers, flea beatles, and aphids. We typically don't have problems with pests and haven't needed to intervene. If we do have problems, we would use a BT product, Neem, essential oil.
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. *
We rarely have late blight and we manage it with crop rotation.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Irrigation water from Forest Ditch via Surface Creek. We have a private pond where the water is filtered for drip irrigation.
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. *
Purchase only certified organic seeds or occasionally locally produced seeds where the plants are grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides and never use genetically modified seeds.
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. *
Sphagnum, perlite, worm castings, kelp meal, feather meal, gypsum, oyster shell flour, dolomitic lime, molasses, azamite, fish bone meal, fossilized seabird guano, humate, mycorrhizal inoculant, green sand, citric acid
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. *
North: 60' to neighboring fields used for hay and small head of cattle South: 1,600' to residential property West: 200' to residential property with small hay field East: 3,500' to hay fields and cattle transitioning to certified organic


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:
We are a small family farm. We are dedicated to regenerative practices such as crop rotation, companion planting, and soil conservation. Our approach to growing centers on maintaining a balanced, living soil that supports the health of both our plants are our local community.