Produce & Flowers
Kendall's GardenOwner: Kendall Dobbins
951 Church Street Ext
Reidsville, NC 27320
4605 Farrar Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410
Web site: http://www.kendallsgarden.com
Application Date: 2021-02-26
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are firm believers that one's health is directly related to the quality and purity of the food and water consumed. Therefore, growing high-quality vegetables is Kendall's Garden's top priority. Instead of our customers taking our word we want a certificate to show we care and want the best for them. After reading and learning more about Certified Naturally Grown we believe it is exactly what we are looking for.
- 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? *
- Applying for a farmer's market and one of their questions asked if we are Certified Naturally Grown. This caused us to do further research about this certification!
- 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:
- 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: *
- At the beginning of the season we till the soil along the contour of the land to reduce erosion.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We purchase compost from a local provider. Compost includes natural material (leaves, bark, etc.)
- 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". *
- 20 cubic yards 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. *
- We leverage dry and liquid fertilizers. Harmony 5-4-3 Fertilizer (50lb Bag) 1.0% water-soluble nitrogen 4.0% water insoluble nitrogen 4.0% P2O5 3.0% K20 9.0% Calcium .08% magnesium 0.2% Iron 370 ppm Zinc 40 ppm Copper .65% Sulfur 35 ppm Boron AgroThrive Fertilizer 3-3-2 (32oz Container) Nitrogen 3.0% Phosphate 3.0% Potash 2.0%
- 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. *
- Some weeds that appear in our field include 1)Henbit 2)Chickweed 3)Hairy Bittercress 4)Crabgrass and various types of grass How we manage these weeds is through hand-pulling and using a hoe. Another way we have dealt with weeds is using mulching for our corn last season. At the beginning of the season we use tractor cultivation.
- 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. *
- 1)Hornworms on tomatoes 2)Corn Earworms 3)Squash Bugs Neem oil was the only thing we have used on our vegetables. Luckily with the squash bugs last season they appeared at the end of growing our zucchini and yellow squash. Other methods we have used for insect control is daily monitoring of the crops, rotating crops, and planting marigolds and basil.
- 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. *
- 1)Tomato wilt disease 2)Anthracnose of Tomato 3)Physiological injury (eggplant) We have been fortunate and these diseases were very minimal so no intervention was taken.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We use only well water to irrigate crops. To help minimize water usage and plant disease we use drip irrigation.
- 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 leverage two major suppliers that offer organic seeds. 1) Johnny's Selected Seeds 2) Burpee
- 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 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 west, a pond and wooded area of at least 100 yards separate us from the road. To the north, a field of at least 150 yards from a neighbor that does not grow any crops. To the south, of at least 400 yards to the Haw River. To the east, of at least 700 yards to a neighbor that does not grow any crops.
- 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 visit the property daily, however, my grandfather lives on the property to make sure everything stays up to par.