Produce & Flowers

Hedge Family Farm

Owner: Mike and Sara Hedge

Lenoir, NC

Web site:

Application Date: 2020-08-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our friends at Honey Tree Farm are CNG. We started our small market garden style farm, and want something to show people we are growing organic food. Love what you guys are doing with CNG!
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? *
Honey Tree 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? *
We learned from watching youtube videos of farms like Honey Tre Farm, and we did the JM Masterclass

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: *
We used a tractor with a plow, discs, and a tiller to remove the grass. We formed the beds and added the amendments and compost by hand. We used a BCS to mix it up. And we broadforked. The idea is to not till now. Just keep adding compost, crops, broadforking, amendments like alfalfa meal, azomite etc.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Probably a clover. We are just making beds.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
From Wallace Farm in Advance NC. OMRI listed 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". *
We just created a plot. 2500 sq feet of bed space. We added 16 cu yards approx. Before our beds it was just grass with hard clay underneath.
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. *
Before adding 3 inches of organic compost, we created a delicious mixture of organic amendments for our beds. Or mix included: Limestone, super greensand, feather meal, thorvin kelp meal, azomite, sulfate of potash, Harmony TN brown rock, alfalfa meal, and worm castings. And zinc and boron. All organic I think all OMRI. Most from Seven Springs Farm. After our soil test from Midwest bio ag, we knew we had to add phosphorous and limestone etc. We researched the amount per acres recommeneed for each amendment, and did the math on what we needed for our tiny plot. We mixed all the amendments, added to the rows then added the 3 inches of compost, and used a BCS to mix it up. We also use EM1 combined with a compost tea we make from Boogie Brew.
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. *
We have put ground cover around our plot. We also have removed 10 - 15 wheel barrow fulls of grass while making the beds. We have mulched like crazy in our walkways, and remove pieces of grass when they pop up.
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 have had squash bugs. We removed them by hand. Our squash and pumpkins are growing a ton in the beds now! We also have them covered with low tunnel hoops and insect netting.
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. *
If we find that we have a disease problem on anything, we will research a natural/organic solution.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have our drip lines connected to the faucet at the leased land. Public water.
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. *
Organic seeds from High Mowing, Johnnys, etc.
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? *
Levitation mix from Dirtcraft Organics
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Organic good stuff. It's the levitation mix from Dirtcraft
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? *
We did buy strawberries from Banner, now buying from Innovative Organic Nursery in CA. Might get organic onion starts from Banner
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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). *
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. *
We have ground cover around our plot and a deer fence. We are about 20 feet from a gravel road that connects one part of the property to the other. Behind us about 300 feet is an organic garden then 1000 acres of forest. The main road highway 268 is about 1500 feet away, behind several buildings. Across 268 is fields with cows.


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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