Produce & Flowers

Love of Life Farm

Owner: Jake Wegehoft

Honokaa, HI

Application Date: 2020-10-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I was previously operating as a CCOF certified organic farm. I had to relocate, and was unable to attain the land history affidavit required to continue my certification. I attempted to contact the previous landowner without success. Since I cannot reapply for organic certification for 2 years still, I'm looking to become a CNG participant, hoping for a similar reception in terms of my product as compared to USDA certified organic.
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? *
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CCOF, between 2014(?) and 2019.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
My farmer friends here on the island are CNG and asked me to act as an inspector for their farm some years back.
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: *
0.25? Or less. Just starting over.
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
7.25 approximately
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:
Strictly turmeric for the moment.
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: *
For this season, I literally tilled everything by hand with a shovel.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
I'm planting perennial peanut as a long-term cover crop.
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. *
Nothing so far. I'll have a proper soil analysis done next season and purchase strictly OMRI certified amendments, such as: Cal CM+ Limestone from Art Wilson Cal CM+ Calcium Sulfate from Art Wilson Aqua Power from JH Biotech Inc. Granular Humic Acids from Down To Earth Organic Dried Seaweed Meal from Pro-Cert Solubor from Team Mule Maximo 360 zinc sulfate from Zinc Nacional
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. *
Primary weeds are cane grass, a.k.a. Guinea grass that I pull by hand. I plant densely so that the turmeric drowns out potential for other things to grow.
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. *
For turmeric, I have never experienced any pest infestations or damage on either the plants or the rhizomes. I've been farming it for 6 years now.
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. *
Since I'm starting over in a new spot, I've reduced the size of my plots down to approximately 15-20' in diameter (circular plots) to lessen the presence of monoculture. I'm letting the "volunteer" local fauna, mostly nitrogen fixers, grow up in and around my cultivation - anything that's not aggressive, woody, thorny or heavy-feeding - to create biodiversity. Generally, part of my disease control measures are simply adequate irrigation (nutrient delivery), mulch, proper soil amendment (plant health), and the sorting out and disposal of any afflicted materials. I've never had any foliar diseases on my turmeric during my experience so far - what I have had is the occurrence of black spots on a very small percentage (<5%) of rhizomes. I attempted to track down exactly what this disease is and how to manage it, but so far haven't found any explicit information. So, as I mentioned, I've just sorted out those affected rhizomes and disposed of them far away from the cultivated area.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Using county water right now for irrigation, but planning on using passive earthworks catchments to take advantage of 120" of annual rainfall...
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 select seeds in the same was as before when I was adhering to NOP standards: looking for certified organic seeds first and if they're unavailable select a non-GMO alternative. The only seeds I have any interest in are perennial peanut.
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? *
I'll use local soil unless I can't. If not, I'll choose an OMRI certified product.
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Generally when I create my own soil mixtures, I'll use mature compost I have on hand and cut it with local soil taken from the land here.
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? *
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 area I'm cultivating is at least 150 feet away from my property boundary (all 4 sides, and the road), basically in the middle of the parcel, close to the house. I don't use any pesticides or prohibited materials. I'll be posting NO SPRAY signs near the road for the county roadside sprayers ASAP. My cultivated area will be surrounded by a windbreak on all sides for what it's worth. Predominant wind direction blows everything uphill and away from my fields.


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:
Looking forward to certifying other things in the future hopefully and hoping I don't need to go back to regular the certified organic program because I can ask the same price for my CNG produce.