Produce & Flowers

Luter Brook Farm LLC

Owner: Ken Luterbach

Address:
950 35th Ave Ct NE
Hickory, NC 28601
Catawba County

daytime phone: (828) 781-3920
evening phone: (828) 294-2269

Application Date: 2020-06-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am growing Hemp (for CBG) and would like to have a certification that states that I grew the product naturally and safely.
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? *
Through a class I am taking on Growing Hemp
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: *
0.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
18
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
0.5
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Hemp for CBG oil
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:
CBD stores

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
turn plow and rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
lentil, Hairy Vetch, Wild oats
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
Lime at the rate of 0.8 tons/acres - February 2020 Plant-tone 5-3-3- on the 0.5 acres I'm growing - 650 lbs on May 9 Down to Earth Bone Meal - 100 lbs on May 9 Planted Hemp June 3rd 2020 Worm castings, bat guano, soluble fish bone meal
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. *
I use plastic mulch so weeds close by the hemp stem are not an issue. Between rows I tilled. Now I am planting companion plants (Chevil, corriander and Basil) between the rows. This is for the pests. I am also planting lavender and marigolds aotside the crop area for benificial insect attraction.
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. *
Non so far. I plant to attract benifcial insects. If need be I can release benificial insects into the crop such as ladybugs and wasps. All organic. To be determined.
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. *
Powedery Mildow - Remove infected plant. Use germanium oil Damping Off - reduse watering - neem oil meal Fungicides - Bio Safe desease control Other deseases as they come up will be dealt with organically.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Creek running through my property. Water wast sent for inspection and approved by NC Dept of agraculture. I am also going to install about 500 to 1000 gallon tank of water on the upper part of the field in case of draught.
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. *
NC Farms Inc. Superior Hemp Clones
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Superior Hemp Clone - Indian Trail, North Carolina
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). *
Hemp clne (may have been CNG)
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. *
I am 300 feet from my nieghbors garden on the north side. About 1/4 mile from any other neighbor. I use organic weed and grass killer (burnout) to spray fencelines.

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. *
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