Produce & Flowers

McLawland Farms LLC

Owner: Larry Land

Address:
8632 Reedy Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28215
Mecklenburg County

daytime phone: (704) 408-6927
Web site: http://mclawland-farms-llc.business.site/

Application Date: 2021-03-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Natural, chemical-free is important to us. We strive to farm in harmony with nature and believe naturally grown produce and flowers are better for us and the environment.
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 heard about CNG from friends of ours who certified their lavender farm.
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: *
5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
28
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.25
Fruit Crops:
1.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
3.25
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: *
Mulch-till, strip cropping leaving field grasses as paths between crop rows
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Clover, vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, purchased complete.
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". *
one ton per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Horse farm
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". *
10 wheelbarrow loads per 1000 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
November to March
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
OMRI Humate Plus, Espoma All Purpose Organic Fertilizer, OMRI Fish Hydrosylate
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. *
We mulch our rows and use OMRI paper to help control weeds. We pull weeds, burn weeds, and cut weeds down as part of our weed management system.
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. *
We use OMRI Neem Oil as needed for fruit insects in our fruit trees and blackberries. We also use as needed in our vegetable patch. We do not use this often and apply in the evening when conditions are appropriate so as to minimize the chance of harming beneficial insects and pollinators.
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. *
Rust is our primary disease challenge in our blackberry patch and fire plight in one of our pear trees. We treat with OMRI Neem Oil as needed. We apply in the evening when weather conditions are favorable.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use well water to irrigate all our crops.
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 buy only organic vegetable seeds from our local hardware and feed stores. Our flower seeds are non-GMO, neonicotinoid free from American Meadows.
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? *
yes
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
Mix on the farm
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Soil, compost, organic matter.
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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. *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We bought our blueberry, raspberry, fig, and blackberry plants from Boston Mountain Nurseries in Arkansas from 2018-2020. This nursery was recommended in several state publications.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Email with the supplier
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). *
All our berry plants have been cultivated for at least 12 months according to CNG standards here on our farm.
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. *
We have a wetland area along Reedy Creek which runs the length of our farm on the east providing a 100+ ft buffer zone. Our crops are grown 50+ feet from the road to the south, 100+ feet from our residential neighbor's property to the west. We own wooded property north of where we farm.

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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm: