Produce & Flowers

Ono Gardens

Owner: Michael Johnson

Address:
29-362 Chin Chuck Rd.
Hakalau, HI 96720
Hawaii County

daytime phone: (978) 992-6743
Web site: http://onogardens.com

Application Date: 2021-03-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Ono Gardens grows and sells produce for local markets. We would like to say we are an organic farm and our produce is certified organic.
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? *
Through a local farmer that is CNG certified - Joel Bridgeman.
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: *
10 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
100%
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0%
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1 acre
Fruit Crops:
8 acres
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Yacon, potatoes, and Hemp
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: *
a walk behind BCA tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Sun hemp, perennial peanut, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm grass clippings, leaves, small branches, kitchen scraps
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 to 2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
goat, cow, and chicken
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". *
varies
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
all year round
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. *
gray rock, calcium, humates, biologicals, bio char, worm castings, potash, boron and other trace minerals
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. *
various kinds of crab grass, wainaku grass, cane grass, cali grass - we cover them with weed cloth for 1 to 3 months and the dead plant material becomes a layer of food for many worms
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. *
cabbage worms, mites, fruit flies - we plant flowering broccoli to attract a little wasp that lays its eggs in the worms, we spray neem oil for the mites, we use methyl eugenol to attract the male fruit flies in a bottle cutting down the population
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. *
banana bunchy top is controlled with lacto bacillus spray; papaya, hemp, and tomato viruses are controlled with colloidal silver
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We get 155" of rain a year and we irrigate on occasion. Then we use rain catch water.
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 use several organic seed company catalogs and we have our own seed bank.
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? *
both, but we are trending toward 100% on the farm soil building.
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
peat moss, perlite, fungus, mixed with local compost and manure
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? *
no
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 are surrounded by a wild 200' gulch, an empty 10 acres parcel, a neighbor that raises organic fruit and sheep, and another neighbor that raises organic fruit

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:
Our farm was fallow for 16 years after sugar cane left in 1995. When it was used to grow sugar cane it was in greenhouses that grew out the seed crops for the fields So it is a special land unlike regular tainted sugar cane farmed land. Since 2011 it has been used to grow a food forest of 600 trees. For the last 6 years we have added several organic gardens to feed ourselves and neighbors.