Lavender In BloomOwner: Kefah Habash
426 MClelland Circle
Georgetown, KY 40324
103 WILLOW BROOK LN
GEORGETOWN, KY 40324
daytime phone: (859) 312-7948
evening phone: (859) 327-7141
Web site: http://lavenderinbloom.farm
Application Date: 2019-05-08
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- My wife and I have a lavender farm in Georgetown Ky. We plan to use our lavender in culinary products and also in bath and body products. We believe that it is important that our community feels confident that our lavender products are safe and "Certified Naturally Grown".
- 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? *
- At a lavender growers conference through the United States Lavender Growers Association.
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:
- Currently, we are only growing lavender but have plans for other herbs, flowers and fruits in the near future.
- 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:
- We are hosting a Lavender Festival on Memorial Day weekend.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- We use a tractor.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- 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 had crushed lime applied from a local quarry, Nally & Gibson to prepare the soil to the correct pH level for lavender.
- 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 use DeWitt weed fabric around our plants to help prevent weeds. We have also placed lime stone gravel around the lavender plants. We mow the area around our lavender fields to help prevent weed growth and weed pollen from spreading.
- 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. *
- Lavender is a natural insect repellent. However, honey bees are attracted to the sweet fragrance. We ignore the honey bees and they ignore us. In the near future we plan to build an apiary in order to produce lavender blossom honey.
- 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. *
- Lavender is susceptible to phytopthera nicotinae. It is a fungus that can occur if lavender roots sit in wet soil for prolonged periods of time. When we planted the lavender we made sure the soil was well-tilled and well draining. We place lime stone gravel at the roots to help with water drainage. Also, the weed fabric blocks a lot of rain water from penetrating through.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- In the first year of growth we used drip irrigation from Georgetown Municipal Water. They receive their water from the natural springs in our city, "Royal Springs".
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Victors Lavender Farm.
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- 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. *
- On the north side, the lavender fields are separated by at least 200 yards from a corn field and a tree-lined fence row. On the east side it is separated by at least 300 yards from a residential area and also a highway. On the south and west side it is separated by about 7 acres from a surrounding hay farm.
- 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: