Flower Farm and CottageOwner: Donna Yowell
1041 Frank Hall Road
Bolton, MS 39147
164 Trace Cove Drive
Madison, MS 39110
daytime phone: (601) 672-0755
evening phone: (601) 672-0755
Application Date: 2021-03-17
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are a training flower farm school and use only organic methods for demonstration and training. It is important to teach people how to grow not using synthetic products.
- 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? *
- I have been aware of this certification because my son is an organic producer. I also have been encouraged to obtain certification through another certified farmer.
- 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: *
- 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:
- Specialty Cut Flowers
- 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 grow flowers for event planners, florist and weddings.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- We use a mostly hand managed system using a broadfork to break up hard pan and then a hand tractor. (BCS)
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Mixed native wild flower seeds and red clover
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
- We use worm castings at a rate of 1 crate per 25 foot row. It is used as a soil amendment.
- 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 crate per 25' row
- What time of year do you apply the manure? *
- anytime- during development of rows
- Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
- 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, bone meal, chicken manure
- 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 begin our weed control by using silage tarps over a 3-6 month period to suffocate the weeds. The pasture we grow in was a cow pasture for over 50=years with no other crops grown there. We use a wheel hoe to manually control the weeds. We also use a propane gas burner for weed control as needed.
- 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. *
- I really don’t expect much in the way of pests. We select flower varieties that grow easily in our climate and soils- most times eliminating pests that are a problem. We have a two acre pollinator field that supports beneficial insects that also eat the ‘bad ones.’ We use cultural practices that also reduce the need for pesticides. In the past I have used a trap crop such as amaranth. We keep a very healthy soil environment that also reduces the needs for pesticides. To date in our previous growing site we have not had to use any pesticides. If we do need to use anything we will make sure it is organic certified.
- 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. *
- Powdery mildew or mold is the most common. It is due in part to the flower variety and high humidity in the high tunnel. We anticipate that if we keep a good air flow through the high tunnel this should eliminate most of mold issues. Also selecting the right flower varieties is important. Zinnias tend to suffer the most on its foliage, as soon as this occurs we replant and we don’t use as much of that variety. If we use anything in the future it will be OMRI certified and we use natural amendments such as work castings, bone meal, Epson and others Monitoring- we do a close monitoring of plants and potential pest. Our crop area is small enough this is very doable. We use mostly resistant varieties combined with our cultural practices we don’t anticipate many problems. If we do have issues we will look at a number of remedies before using a product. But any products we use will be include only OMRI certified, natural solutions, oils, soaps etc.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- public water system
- 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. *
- We use only flower seeds that are easy to grow in our climate and soils so we can limit the problems with fertility and insects/disease. We use only organic seed when we have that option.
- 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? *
- We mix our own and add worm castings
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- worm castings, bone meal, vermiculite and peat
- 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. *
- To the north and south there is a 3 acre buffer from road and neighboring property. On the east and west are other small acreage sites that are used for cattle no neighboring farmers.
- 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:
- This is a new flower farm and located on an old home place that had cattle only no previous crops. We use the farm to teach people how to naturally grow flowers for the cut flower industry.