Produce & Flowers

Hope Blooms Farm

Owner: Johnsie and Ryan Taylor

Address:
5280 NC Highway 222 W
Kenly, NC 27542
Johnston County

daytime phone: (919) 879-4887
evening phone: (919) 879-4887

Application Date: 2021-01-29

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We desire to apply to be a part of the Certified Naturally Grown program because we seek to promote growing our produce and flowers naturally.
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? *
We saw where other farms in North Carolina are part of the program, and we went on the internet to learn more about it.
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: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
20
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:
1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1 acre for flowers and 1 acre for garlic
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Garlic
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: *
We utilize a disc harrow, a walk-behind tractor, and a rotary tiller. We practice no tilling when practical.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We use untreated Sunn hemp.
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. *
We use liquid fish fertilizer. We use it periodically during the growing season.
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? *
no
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 hoe weeds out and use cover crops. We use cover crops when out of the growing season.
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. *
Our primary insect challenge is fire ants. We use boiling water to combat them, and use Southern Ag Conserve Naturalyte Insect Control Insecticide. It is OMRI 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. *
Our likely primary diseases would be white rot, thrips, and nematodes with respect to our garlic. To combat this, we engage in crop rotation.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use water from an outside spigot. We fill a 50 gallon sprayer with it, and then spray it over our beds with a tractor.
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. *
We make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds, and when we find them, we buy them. We contact as many major suppliers as we can find.
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? *
We purchased some flower transplants from Fred Gloeckner, Co., which is now Ball Seed Company.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
We did not confirm.
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). *
To the best of our knowledge, we did not purchase any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards.
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
There is conventional farmland near our farm. When the farmer sprays, he uses equipment that sprays the material straight down to the ground. We allow for a 20 foot plus buffer.
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. *
We allow for a 20 foot plus buffer. The farmer who farms the conventional land near us raises corn and soybeans.

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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