Produce & Flowers

Zephyr Family Farm

Owner: Amanda Terry

Apex, NC

daytime phone: (984) 269-5001
Web site:

Application Date: 2021-11-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We're a new farm and want to offer our customers proof of our farming practices. We were introduced to CNG through the Organic Growers School and appreciate the standards CNG uses and the farmer to farmer nature of the organization.
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? *
The Organic Growers School, Farm Beginnings program.
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 to farm from being on family farms, learning in community gardens, growing at home and by graduating the Farm Beginnings program in 2021. We 2022 will be our first year farming for market. We have been only using organic, sustainable practices in line with CNG standards for 8 years and have taken the Holistic Crop Management course through Farm Beginnings and OGS.

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:
Weekly farm box

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
minimal to no till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, sorghum-Sudan grass, winter peas, cereal rye, tillage radish, sunflowers, sunhemp
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete
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". *
90 cubic yards on 1 acre
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. *
Allganic nitrogen plus, every 2 weeks if needed- 15% nitrate nitrogen & 2% potassium derived from natural potash Allganic Potassium sulfate soluble, every two weeks if needed-52% soluble potash and 18% sulfur
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: *
Spring of 2021, a small patch of Treated 'fireball pumpkins' seeds were planted. The treatment was from a prohibited substance, and was an accident. for the 2022 season, this land is slotted for a cover crop and going forward seed purchasing will be much more careful.
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. *
dogbane, horse nettle, crabgrass, nut sedge Managed by hand pulling, cover cropping, green mulches (grown on site) and landscape fabric, crop rotation
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. *
Vine borer, pickle worm, squash bug, aphids, Plant to attract beneficial insects, plant trap crops, cover with agribon row covers, hand pick, crop rotation
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. *
southern bacterial wilt, powdery mildew crop rotation, selected plant varieties, strategic planting times
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
on site pond. tested through waters ag annually
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. *
We prioritize organic, heirloom seeds for all plants on the farm. We only use non organic seeds if there are no other options and never use gmo or chemically treated seeds.
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. *
Pro-mix MP with mycorrhizae Organik: Canadian sphagnum peat moss 60/70%, coir horticultural grade, perlite, limestone, mycorrhizae OMRI listed
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. *
The east side of the property borders the American Tobacco Trail Greenway, which is aprox 400ft+ from our lowest field. To the west aprox 300ft off fields is small, boutique chicken breader, 6ft wide waterway planted in grasses and 1/4 acre of meadow separate us from chickens and water and soil are monitored for contamination. To the north is residential property, separated by aprox 40ft of pathway, waterway planted with grasses, and a gravel driveway. South is more residential property, about 250 ft of farm space and woods from fields to neighbors home.


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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