Produce & Flowers

Heritage Hill Farms

Owner: Ian Winscom

Address:
Mount Airy, NC

Web site: http://heritagehillnc.com

Application Date: 2022-02-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
This will be our second year at market, but the first year at full-scale production, and want a way to give our customers peace of mind with our production methods without the cost and bureaucracy of USDA Organic cert.
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? *
I've seen it around, and seen some farms I follow in Social Media using it.
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've owned farms in Costa Rica and Thailand. Primarily to supply my restaurants (I used to be a chef). Last year was the first year farming for market in the US from another rental property, this will be our first year on a larger scale from my property. I've pretty much followed similar standards CNG uses since I started farming.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
100%
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
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: *
No-Till / Minimal Till. Broadfork, tilth level no more than 2 inches deep.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
As of now, just field peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased leaf mold
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". *
4 inches deep per bed per year
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Bagged pelletized chicken manure
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". *
4 lbs per 250sqft. over 4 bed flips per year
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Approx every 60-70 days between bed flips
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. *
Lime, alfalfa meal, bone meal, feather meal, pelletized chicken manure. pelletized chicken manure & alfalfa meal @ about 1lb. each 4 times per year on each bed between flips (bed = 250 sqft.)
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? *
yes
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. *
Stale seed method + flame weeder. Wire weed weekly to catch at thread stage. No products. Our weed issues are minimal.
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. *
Likely challenges are aphids and flea beetles. We grow 100% in caterpillar tunnels with insect netting and row cover. Plan on building hedgerows to draw in beneficial insects. Would manage with brought in beneficial insects, neem oil, and hand/mechanical methods. I would consider BT if absolutely necessary but have yet to even use that. I don't even keep any on the farm.
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. *
Based on what we grow and how we grow, our biggest problem could potentially be powdery mildew. If ventilation fixes, and natural soil fixes couldn't solve the problem, we would crop it out and burn the plants. Because most of what we grow is intensive and short DTM, it is easier and cheaper to get rid of the crop and work on soil life balance.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
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. *
We order all of our seed from Baker Creek and Johnney's Seeds. We choose organic seeds for 90% of what we grow.
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
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Coco Coir, Organic Compost, Aged Bark Fines, Rice Hulls, Diatomite, Blood Meal, Fish Bone Meal, Kelp Meal, Gypsum, Mycorrhizae Levitation Seedling Mix from Dirtcraft Organics
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. *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
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. *
We are 300 yards to the main road southwest of us. 200 yard NW across a tree-lined river that separates us from our neighbor's corn field. Several thousand yards southeast is the back half of our 108 acre property that is all pasture and woods that gets zero chemical spray. 500+ yards SW across a tree-lined river to our other neighbor's cornfield.

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. *
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