Produce & Flowers

Native Son Farm

Owner: Will Reed

2136 Deer Run Rd.
Tupelo, MS 38804
Lee County

Mailing Address:
667 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Tupelo, MS 38804

daytime phone: (662) 678-3497
Web site:

Application Date: 2013-05-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I like the grassroots nature of CNG and think that it is an organization worth supporting. Most of our customers know us and our commitment to organic farming but the CNG designation is helpful to assure new and potential customers that we are responsible, holistic farmers.
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? *
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CNG 2011-2012
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
From Gladney Harris in Water Valley,MS I believe.
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:
We devote much of our acreage to cover crops and green manures.
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: *
Mow cover crop, disc, wait for decomposotion, chisel plow, rototill and form beds with bedshaper. Occasionally use a moldboard plow for turning in a thick stand of cover crop.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Summer: cowpeas and millet, cowpeas and buckwheat, sorghum sudangrass. Winter: Rye, vetch, oats, peas, wheat, tillage radish
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete worm castings from Olive Branch,MS and Mcminnville, TN.
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". *
in potting soil and greenhouse at a 1
Do you use Manure? *
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Horse farm, commercial poultry houses, winter beef feeding stations..any and all in the past but we have gotten away from using manure over the last 2 years due to worry about potential contamination.
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". *
two tons/acre-six tons/acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
Calphos Rock Phosphate, Potassium Sulfate, K-Mag, feather meal, cottonseed meal, mighty-grow pelletized chicken manure, browns fish hydrolysate, maxicrop kelp, boron, zinc, iron, copper. Various microbial and fungal inoculants are also used, such as:sumagrow and endomycchorizal inoculants.
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? *
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
We bought a new farm in December of 2012 that had been in conventional soybean production in the 2012 growing season. The man that previously farmed the property said that no fertilizer was ever applied to the land but it safe to assume that the beans were GMO and sprayed with roundup. Our home farm has not seen any pesticides, herbicides and chemical inputs since we began growing vegetables in 2010, it was previously a derelict hayfield.
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. *
Our primary objective is to keep weeds from going to seed, we tolerate some weeds growing in the fields but always try and cultivate or cut down before seedheads form. We cultivate using stirrup hoes, collinear hoes, and a basket weeder on an old ACG tractor *when we can convince it to run. We use lots of plastic and organic mulches for weed suppression and grow cover crops and green manures to outcome and smother weeds. Growing vigorous transplants helps our crops to get a jump on and outcompete weeds in many situations. If we do have weeds going to seed, we will physically pull plants (like pigweed) and throw in the woods or take to the dump. Pigweed is a tough one in one field of the home farm, we brought it in on cow manure and failed to realize what a pernicious weed it becomes when left to seed. We deal with it by growing thick stands of cover crops, using plastic and organic mulches, encouraging it to germinate and then tilling it in, hoeing and cultivating with a basket weeder. We also deal with perennial grasses, chickweed, purslane, dock and some others. We are not sure of all of the weed species that we will be dealing with on our new farm.
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. *
Following holistic farming practices, such as crop rotation, growing cover crops and providing a healthy minerally balanced soil really helps us to keep insect pressure down to a minimum. We grow lots of transplants, which seems to give us a headstart over some insect pests. We use lots of floating row cover on our farm, mainly on direct seeded brassica crops to protect them from flea beetles, but we also use on many cucurbit crops (before flowering,) to delay damage by squash bugs, cucumber beetles and squash vine borers. We try and have crops flowering at all times to promote beneficial insects. We have used beneficial nematodes with success to control the cabbage root worm. We know that we will lose some yield and some crops to pests and our customers know that some of our crops, like spring bok choy will have some holes in the leaves. We will spray spinosad (entrust) or BT (dipel) on our tomato crops to control horn and fruit worms. We use neem oil on tomato, eggplant and pepper transplants before transplanting. We received a good chunk of money from our NRCS to spend on organic pest control, ( it's kind of funny that's where they put their monetary emphasis,) and bought some pyganic from johnny's but have never used it. We are not opposed to using organic insecticides if the need is warranted but we rarely spray because we don't have a tractor mounted sprayer and no one enjoys using the backpack sprayer. We are trying not to spray anything on the new farmland to try and promote and encourage beneficial insects and balance.
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. *
Early blight and septoria leaf spot in tomatoes and botrytis gray mold in strawberries have been some of our worst diseases. We deal with tomato diseases by staggering our plantings, using plastic mulch, properly spacing and staking the plants, and by using resistant varieties midseason when the disease pressure is highest. In the strawberries, we pull of dead leaves and infected berries as they are a source of innoculum and know that we will be throwing out lots of berries as we pick. We may try spraying serenade (bacillus subtilis,) and neem before fruiting on strawberries next year because it costs us so much to get the berries picked with the amount of disease pressure that we experience. This year our strawberries have not and will not be sprayed with anything. We use actinovate in the potting soil for solanaceous transplants and use crops rotation and cover cropping to try and break disease cycles.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Home Farm-municipal water. New Farm-well water.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
If yes, please explain: *
chlorinated water on home farm..but we just received NRCS funding for a well and will be drilling this year!
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. *
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 potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Strawberries-G&W nurseries in Arkansas. Onions-Dixondale Farms in Texas.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
I haven't found organic strawberry or onion plant suppliers.
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). *
Strawberries Onions
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
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.) *
Conventional farm fields and residential lawn services. 2,4-D can drift over 1 mile.
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. *
Home farm-bordered by woods, unsprayed pasture, and my parents yard. I have planted bushes to buffer against spray drift from my parent's yard service. New Farm/Lumpkin-Bordered by woods on 3 sides and road frontage on the fourth side.


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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