Produce & Flowers

Wild Scallions Farm

Owner: Matthew Clayton

Address:
3018 Helena Moriah Rd
Timberlake, NC 27583
Person County

daytime phone: (919) 451-0968
evening phone: (336) 364-4169
Web site: http://www.wildscallionsfarm.com

Application Date: 2022-03-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Certified Naturally Grown is in line with our values as growers and stewards of the land, provides a succinct description of our farm practices for our customers at farmers market, and I would like to be more active in the community of regenerative minded farmers.
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 have seen ads and read articles in many grower publications.
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 reading and long practice. We have been farming for market for 18 years. We started with a sustainable mindset and have been steadily improving our soil and practices over that time. We have been informally organic farming our whole career, and would like to go ahead and seek certification.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
2
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
2 (flowers)
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:
bulk flowers direct from farm by appointment

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
mix or permaculture beds and hedges, minimal tillage by tractor (once every 3 years), minimal plowing (once every 3 years maybe), and occultation tarps
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
sorghum sudan grass, iron and clay field pea, sunhemp, crimson clover, austrian winter pea, annual rye, wheat, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete certified organic from local source
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". *
1/8 - 1 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
azomite, hi cal lime, blood meal, kelp meal, bone meal, harmony chicken manure based fertilizer
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. *
perennial mugwort (cut off at soil level, keep smaller than crop) ragweed, smartweed, henbit, chickweed, buttercup (remove before they flower, feed to goats) dock (dig out in winter) sweet gum (pull out seedlings in winter). We use reusable landscape fabric and lots of site generated mulch to suppress weeds.
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. *
vegetable weevil, aphid, borers, potato beetle, squash bug, etc. We provide a variety of habitats for beneficials. We also hand pick and crop plan accordingly. We very occasionally apply diatomaceous earth, insecticidal soap, neem oil, or spinosad, these products would be used 2-3 times a season if needed.
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. *
white mold in the winter. I am sure late mold and downy mildew and bacterial leaf spot play a roll. We do not manage these as just try to dodge. And improve soil organic content and drainage and ensure proper airflow around plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
private ponds
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 will have to find a supplier of organic flower seeds. We buy organic produce seeds on the regular. We will if we have to.
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? *
mix my own
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
peat, compost, perlite, lime, blood meal, kelp, bonemeal, diatomaceous earth
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
very few - some ASCFG trials
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
not yet
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). *
two trays of lisianthus and 1 tray of mums
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 surrounded by neighborhood except on one section to the west. It is downhill, and separated by a forest strip or our future pecan field of at least 100 yards.

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:
Along with growing produce and cut flowers, our farm strives to double as an insect sanctuary. We incorporate trees, hedges, and native flowers and grasses and significant forested space. We have been cataloging observed species, especially native bees, for the last two years and are ever striving for more diversity.