Produce & Flowers

Hyldemoer + Co.

Owner: David Jarnagin

Chiefland, FL

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Application Date: 2020-04-29

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have already committed to the strict use of NOP materials and we use a number of cultural practices to ensure that we are successful in growing to a true organic standard. We would like a way to communicate all this effectively to potential customers before they meet us in person.
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? *
Extension personnel from UF/IFAS.
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? *
We have long career histories in agriculture including commercial wheat, cattle and horse operations experience. We began practicing organic cultivation at the beginning of our trials with Sambucus varieties in 2016.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Current: 2.25 acres / midterm goal: 5-7 acres / longterm goal: 15-20 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
Current: approx 17 acres of the 30 total acres
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
We purchased the property in mid 2018. It had been drilled to bahia grass approx. 6 months before closing. We fertilized 24 acres of the 30 for hay harvest and planted toward the center of a 5 acre portion of the property reserved for our organic crop. In 2019 we fertilized approximately 20 of the 30 acres in early 2019 for hay and bahia grass seed production, leaving a greater buffer from the area set aside for the organic crop(s). Now that the bahia grass is properly established we no longer need to fertilize it for the secondary hay crop / grazing rotation.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Other Acreage:
4 (non-arable land)
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
Elderberry / elderflower, passion fruit / passion flower, roselle, muscadine grapes, mulberry, blackberry, huckleberry and pears.
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:
Our own consumer packaged goods line including shrubs and oxymels.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BSC 2-wheel tractor with various implements in narrow rows.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Mainly forage radish, mustard and millet.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete.
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". *
60-70 cu yrds per acre
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. *
Hydrolyzed soy Hydrolyzed fish Corn steep liquor Cold processed kelp Rock Phos Rock K Potassium sulfate KeyPlex OR Biological inputs from Quantum Growth, Mikrobs and Teraganix. All of the above are utilized on a roughly biweekly basis over approx 30 weeks (~15 applications via fertigation / foliar)
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. *
Yellow nutsedge, dog fennel, briars / mowing, hand weeding and bahia grass establishment.
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. *
Various mite species and leaf-footed bugs and stink bugs treated with botanicals outside of pollinator's active hours. Horticultural oils over winter.
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. *
Fungal disease, mainly cercopsora. Treated with kelp / botanicals / biological products and potassium bicarbonate. We also use properly maintained and engineered micro-irrigation to guard against overly wet conditions.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well that is completely solar-powered (2.6kW system on a DC submersible pump purchased through the USDA's Rural Development REAP Grant Program) with emergency backup available via generator.
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. *
The only salable crop grown from seed is Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) for which we have bought seed or grown our own seed stock. Roselle is also being trialed over three years from seed obtained from USDA GRIN.
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. *
Originally, hardwood cuttings of Sambucus were planted direct in the amended row, some limited portions were planted with Fertil-pots (OMRI-listed) in ground. That mix contained the same compost, OMRI-listed peat, OMRI-listed elemental sulfur, OMRI-listed biochar charged with OMRI-listed hydrolyzed fish liquid and native soil. We also use a "fertile hole" method with some of the ingredients listed above and the addition of pine bark fines and sugar cane bagasse.
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? *
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Cuttings were originally purchased or traded for with other Sambucus growers nationally. All cultivation from cuttings since 2021 are from last year's growth on existing plants.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Hardwood cuttings are sold as dormant material, un-rooted and untreated.
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). *
All other transplants are perennial fruits that are not bearing within 12 months.
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. *
The west side (1,320') is lined in thickly grown in oaks and palmettos and the neighboring pasture is bahia grass grazed by replacement heifer cattle. The south 990' borders the same pasture and is also thickly grown in oaks etc. The east 1,320' is bordered by vacant pasture that is old bahia grass etc. that is not managed or utilized. The north 990' is bahia grass that is baled for hay some years, but is rarely (semi-annually if at all) fertilized with dry fertilizers by spreader and no herbicides or pesticides are applied. The road into the property terminates at the property and is a trail that is not utilized by through traffic other than us entering our 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:
We look forward to showing any one interested what we are doing. This is a "new" crop that is actually very, very old. Much planning, research and trial/error has gone into our methods and material selections.