Produce & Flowers

Wolfberry Hawthorn Farm

Owner: Jason Bzdula

Durham, NC

Web site:

Application Date: 2020-01-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been working to follow organic standards on my farm, but being a very small farm it's cost prohibitive to get certified organic. I want to get certified Naturally Grown as it is all the same standards and will help give my customers the extra assurance that I'm growing the most natural, best quality produce possible.
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? *
I've seen other farms certified and researched to find the website.
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: *
Minimal tilling of soil. I mainly till (with a walk behind 2 wheel gas powered tiller)new areas or very compacted soil. Most annual vegetable areas are lightly tilled with a hoe and rake, with a pitchfork used to loosen soil for harvesting root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes and sunchokes.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
I do use cover crops when I can. I mostly use quick summer crops such as buckwheat. Will be adding additional this year including red clover and marigold(for root knot nematode control)
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
I compost on site, and also purchased certified compost from a local company if i dont have enough farm made compost
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 per bed per season. more if there is a heavy feeding crop
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. *
Azomite, cottonseed meal, tennessee rock phosphate, gypsum, dolomite lime, wood ash. cottonseed meal added prior to leafy greens being grown. Azomite added once per year. Other ammendments listed above added only as needed based on yearly soil tests.
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. *
flame and hand weeding for annual weeds. perennial weeds, mainly bermuda grass, are a big issue. new areas are covered with several layers of cardboard, then woodchips to kill the grass down. remaining shoots that come through are manually pulled throughout the growing season until the main plants are no longer pushing through. barriers such as landscaping edging are used around annual garden areas to prevent more bermuda grass runners from spreading into these areas
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. *
peach twig borers - using a combination of surround and BT to try to control(used a few times in spring) flea beetles - Surround on certain plants as a barrier when planted (such as eggplant) cabbage worms - BT and/or row covers to exclude them. mainly in spring cucumber beetles/squash bugs - row covers, hand picking, later plantings well after they have come out of hibernation and moved on due to a lack of food root knot nematodes - planning to do cover crop of marigolds in rows between crops to help kill nematodes
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. *
blight (tomatoes) - planting disease resistant varieties, removing leaves with blight and plants with too much blight black rot (brassicas&grapes)- for brassicas, removing infected plants and rotating crops. for grapes, still working to find the best organic solutions.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
There are two wells and a pond which are used for 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. *
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? *
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. *
woods on two sides, unused vacant field on one side. one side has a road with about 20 feet of lawn between road and vegetable grow area


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:
Nearly all the seed i use is organic, but there are a few rarer varieties for which i am unable to find a source for organic seed. The plants are, however, grown to follow the organic standards.