Produce & Flowers

Good Fight Flowers

Owner: Emily Wood

Address:
Marshall, NC

daytime phone: (803) 414-7606
Web site: http://www.goodfightflowers.com

Application Date: 2022-01-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am a farmer florist and owner of a cut flower farm. The flower industry is rife with unsustainable growing and processing practices, and it's my desire to set myself apart by making a commitment to organic and sustainable growing and processing practices.
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? *
Organic Growers School, 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? *
I am self taught through books, other farmers, permaculture certification, and workshops. I've been farming for market for two years. I am committed to organic growing practices and have only pursued education and pathways that are in alignment with these values.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/3 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
55
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
11 acres
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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: *
100% no till until this past year when I shallow tilled once at the beginning of the season. We broad fork often.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
depends on season. Winter rye, vetch, oats, Austrian peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Asheville Mulch Yard
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". *
3 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
composted chicken manure from ag store
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". *
according to package directions
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
when we flip beds - once in spring and once in summer
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. *
EM-1 microbial inoculant
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. *
Weed pressure from dock, dandelion, grasses, ragweed, amaranth, lambs quarter. We plant into landscape fabric and cultivate by hand. Perennial beds and trees are mulched with cardboard and wood chips.
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. *
Japanese beetles - hand held vacuum grasshoppers - organza bags over high value blooms aphids - neem oil occasionally thrips - minute pirate bugs and lacewings
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. *
still learning about diseases
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
private well
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. *
I look for the varieties I need and select the organic option when possible. I source most seeds from Johnny's Select Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and GeoSeed
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? *
purchase from Dirtcraft
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Growers Mix - Coco Coir, Organic Compost, Aged Bark Fines, Perlite, Diatomite, Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Gypsum.
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. *
Lisianthus from Banner Greenhouse. There may be more.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Banner Greenhouses, Farmer Bailey
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
no
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). *
unsure
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. *
To the north and north east is a road 500 feet away, to the east is a neighbor who doesn't grow anything, to the south and south east is national forest, to the west there is a road 800 feet away

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: