Produce & Flowers

Leo Nani Farms

Owner: Rhiannon

Address:
29-3871 Kanna Road
Hakalau, HI 96710
Hawaii County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 371
Hakalau, HI 96710

daytime phone: (808) 963-5185
Web site: http://leonanifarms.com/

Application Date: 2021-04-29

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Through the recommendation of neighbor farmers who are members, and wanting to acknowledge the sustainable, regenerative nature of our farm. Without being able to claim the organic certification, this seems like a good way to acknowledge what we're doing.
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 neighbor farmers.
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? *
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General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
2
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1 (tea)
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Tea
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:
Sell by mail through our website.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimal tillage - shovel, hoe, small tiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Sunn hemp, pigeon pea, amaranth, mung bean, sorgum.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm - kitchen scraps, grass clippings, newspaper, 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". *
Several inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Cow manure, chicken manure, duck manure.
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". *
1-2 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Year round - free range animals.
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. *
We use a fertilizer on the larger crops - bioflora. Dolomite.
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. *
California grass, Wainaku grass, elephant grass, and cane grass. We use wood chips, compost, newspaper, cardboard to use in different crop areas to keep the weeds down. We also hand pull weeds in many situations.
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. *
Fruit flies and rose beetles. The rose beetles we put up plant barriers, kitchen pea being one of them - the beetles are obstructed by the height. For the fruit flies we use containers with a piece of rotting fish at the bottom to trap them.
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. *
Certain kinds of fungus on the trunks of the tea plants. We spray with a blend created by Dr. Cho - the spray is made of indigenous microorganisms.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain water and water from the city of Helo.
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 save seeds from prior seasons and we buy from stores in town that have organic seeds. Sometimes we order from a catalog.
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? *
We purchase potting soil and mix it with our greenway soil.
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Black Gold potting soil.
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. *
On two sides we have cow pastures, one side is a road (across the road is organic coffee farm), the other side is a farm that grows sweet potatoes that is separated by a hedge.

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: