Produce & Flowers

Ribier Gardens

Owner: Jennifer Zissou

Address:
Meridian, ID

Web site: http://www.ribiergardens.com

Application Date: 2022-04-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been certified organic for about 4 years now. I find the paperwork cumbersome and do not think the agency is well equipped to meet the needs of small farms.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
yes
If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
Idaho Depart of Agriculture, but I do not plan on renewing.
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
Idaho State Dept of Ag. 2016 to current.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Jennie Love of Love n Fresh Flowers
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 start as a gardener, and the operation grew and grew as I acquired more space. I have been a market gardener for 6 years. I am passionate about and actively studying many different regenerative farming techniques, including no till, KNF, JADAM, etc. I farm to supply my community with sustainable flowers as well as to protect the environment through regenerative farming.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
None
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
2.5
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:
Florists

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, rye, Sudan grass, tillage radish
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete, 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". *
10 wheel barrow/500 sq feet
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. *
Alfalfa meal Down to Earth once at planting
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. *
Bind weed and Canada thistle. Cover crops and occultation and manual removal.
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. *
Grass hoppers - nolo bait twice in spring. Slugs and Earwigs - sluggo plus once/mo. Coddling moth - spinosad 3x in May.
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. *
Peach leaf curl - copper spray, but doesn't seem to work. Compost teas throughout the season.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Serttlers irrigation.
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. *
I grow heirloom varieties whenever possible taking into account the demands of the floral industry for stem length and flower form. I attempt to track down organic 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? *
Mix my own
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Green sand (Down to Earth) Rock Phosphate (DTE) Peat Moss, Compost
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 the north, our landscaping extends between our property border and our orchard for 100 feet. To the south 10feet buffer of our property until neighbors pasture To the east, 10 feet buffer of our property until neighbor's wild, unmanaged area To the west, 5 feet of buffer of our property up to neighbor's unmanaged area for additional 20 feet

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:
Very excited to be a part of a knowledgeable and grassroots community of farmers interested in protecting the land.