Produce Application

Raindrop Ridge Farm

Owner: Dorita Boyd

Address:
1356 Camp Leach Rd
Washington, NC 27889
Beaufort County

daytime phone: (252) 402-6017
evening phone: (252) 402-6017

Application Date: 2014-09-16

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have owned and operated a small herb nursery in eastern North Carolina for 18 years. We grow over 100 different varieties on herb bedding plants, grown in 4 inch round compostable or recycled plastic pots. I took the organic certification workshop offered by Carolina Farm Steward Association last fall and decided that being USDA/Omri Certify was not very cost productive for my business. I have grown organic for over 5 years now just on my own principles. I have decided to branch out and grow some medicinal herbs in the field for sale to herb manufactures. I feel having some type of formal certification would be helpful to both them and my retail customers of my bedding plants. I look forwards to working with Certified Naturally Grown, Dorita Boyd
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? *
North Carolina Herb Association Conference in Valle Crucis , NC

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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: *
hand and small gas tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
rye, red cover. I am still looking into other cover crops, as the field grown plants is a new adventure.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Chicken manure from our farm, local clipping from farm and kitchen scraps.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local horse 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
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
On the herb bedding plants I use a liquid fish emulsion The brand changes year to year, last year we used Alaskan Mix. I will attend a trade show this fall and purchase several gallons of a fish emulsion at that time. I had good results with Alaskan Mix, so I may use that again.
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. *
Our weeds mainly consist of crab grass, Johnston Grass, Trumpet vine. We pull mostly by hand. We also put cardboard boxes around the deer fence and put a wood chip mulch on top to suppress weeds from growing into fence. We use black fabric in our greenhouses, shade house and loading dock. We may use black fabric in the garden rows too. A solution of vinegar and salt is sprayed on out of control weeds that come up in the black plastic.
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 are our biggest pest in the greenhouse. We use a solution of insecticidal soap as our first defense. Liquid Pyrethrum is used next if needed and then a Spinosad is used as a last resort. Once we get the plants out under the shade houses, natural predators seem to take over the aphids that we might of had. In the field grown herds I would think I might have some caterpillar damage. If the damage gets to the place the plant needs help I will use a Bt to control the worm. Fire Ants, Come and Get it, by Fertilome is Omri approved.
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. *
The most likely disease challenge that might occur in the field would be root rot. I plan to control good drainage in the rows that the herbs will be planted, along with amending the soil with manure and cover crops. I have good black sandy loam soil. I have not started the field grown plants yet so I am not aware of the diseases that I might face. I do know that I have a wealth of resources at my disposal being a Certify NC Master Gardener for 18 years.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well. Dug in 1998 on the farm to supply the greenhouses.
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
I purchase plugs from Hillcrest Nurseries, Miller Maryland. They are USDA/Organic Certify. I have purchased some plugs form Ritchers herbs over the years, but not many.
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). *
None known at this time.
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 east over a 100 yards of fallow field separate us from the main road. To the North, over 400 yards of fallow field separate us from a conventional crop of either soybeans or corn. To the west a Pine forest separates us from our neighbor, approximately a quarter of a mile. To the south sits our house and a fallow field of 200 yards to a hardwood swamp.

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:
We are a Certified NC Nursery and we are state inspected once a year for insects and generally good practices. I am a North Carolina Certified Plant Professional in good standing. The field grown medicinal herbs is a new adventure and will take at least 3 years before we can get products to market. We sell approximately 15000 bedding plants a year, across the state of North Carolina.