Produce & Flowers
Ivy and Oak FarmOwner: Lauren Smith
Holly Ridge, NC
daytime phone: (910) 541-3369
Web site: http://www.ivyandoakfarm.com
Application Date: 2020-11-29
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Since I started the farm in 2018, it was important for me to only use organic or OMRI certified products. I've never used pesticides, herbicides or chemicals to treat any problems and believe the healthier the soil, the healthier the plants and their ability to fight problems naturally.
- 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? *
- Jennie Love from 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? *
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: *
- 100 percent
- 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: *
- No till this year. utilize silage tarps
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- winter rye, field peas, ryegrass, crimson clover, hairy vetch, buckwheat, mighty mustard and white clover.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Wilmington Compost company
- 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". *
- 2 inches deep; 5-6 inches on new beds
- 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. *
- Soil Doctor X pelletized lime & Harmony 5-4-3 AG Organic twice a year. HarmonyTM Ag Organic Fertilizer w/ 9% Calcium (5-4-3) - Made from 100% all natural composted poultry layer manure. All-purpose for vegetables, fruits, lawn and landscape. Slow release for steady, long-lasting color and growth. Analysis: 1.0% water soluble nitrogen, 4.0% water insoluble nitrogen, 4.0% P2O5, 3.0% K20, 9.0% Calcium, .08% magnesium, 0.2% Iron. 370 ppm Zinc, 40 ppm Copper, .65% Sulfur, 35 ppm Boron.
- 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. *
- mostly invasive grasses. I've used silage tarps and then placed cardboard down over the growing areas/beds. I'll be putting down white clover as living pathways in the spring.
- 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. *
- aphids in the spring: use ladybugs / stinkbugs: use a soapy water mixture to kill nymphs and also have quite a few natural predators such as assassin bugs, praying mantis and spiders
- 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. *
- I had powdery mildew late in the season on my zinnias. I used a baking soda and water mixture to treat.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- 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. *
- I try to source organic seeds where possible. Some varieties if sold out, I will use a non-organic seed.
- 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 any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Gro n' Sell
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- I have not, but will in the future.
- 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). *
- Lisianthus, Scoop Scabiosa and Italian Poppies.
- 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. *
- We own 45 acres with only 2 acres cleared in the middle of the property.
- 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: