Produce & Flowers

Willow Oak Flower Farm

Owner: Kelli Janice

Address:
1232 Thomas Store Road
Timberlake, NC 27583
Person County

daytime phone: (919) 210-3511
evening phone: (919) 210-3511
Web site: http://www.willowoakflowerfarm.com/

Application Date: 2022-03-31

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe it is our responsibility as farmers to care for the soil and build soil health for future farmers. Eliminating harsh pesticides, herbicides and fungicides is only the beginning. Building soil health and educating future generations is the key to sustainability.
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 may have seen an ad in "Growing For Market" or in my ASCFG quarterly.
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 never "learned" how to farm. I have been growing for decades and learning by trial and error followed by research. When I started to entertain the idea of growing commercially is when I started to realize how harsh farming practices can be on the earth. I reached out to local farmers and friends for guidance on farming resources. Four years ago I began to prepare my fields for growing. One year ago I started planting in the field. This year was my first year selling.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1 acre
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0 acres
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1 acre
Fruit Crops:
.25
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
16
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:
Florists and designers.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Leased/borrowed tractor for new field till. Leased/borrowed tractor for cover crop till. No till after field is established.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
grasses and clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Local purchase. Organic 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". *
1-2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Aged horse, duck, chicken, goat and rabbit manure from our farm animals. Not used as a regular source in the fields. Applied to future sites being prepared for growing.
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 inch or less per prep area
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
summer and winter
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. *
Compost Tea - Worm castings and Dr.JimZ. Applied 1x per month during growing season. Dr.JimZ Chicken Soup for the Soil - Total Nitrogen (N) 4% (4% water insoluble Nitrogen. Available Phosphate P2O5 2%. Derived from: Alfalfa Meal,Cane Molasses, Rock Phosphate,Milk Whey, Seaweed Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum and Potassium Hydroxide) and Langbeinite. Metal contents and levels listed through aapfco. No blood, bone or marrow. No chemical preservatives. Non leaching. All ingredients sourced in USA. Applied every 2-3 weeks during growing season and prior to planting crops.
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. *
Primary weed problems are residual seeds from initial till and cover crop till. Also random seeds carried by the wind and birds. In the fields we use a combination of straw, brown cardboard and landscape fabric for the walkways in between the rows. For actual weed control for the growing beds/rows we use landscape fabric with pre burned holes. When landscape fabric can not be used on a bed/row we will use manual weed control and/or thicker compost layers for easy weed removal. Collinear hoe and stirrip hoe are used for in and around tender seedlings. Mowing and fire torch are used in areas around the fields.
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. *
Primary pest challenges are aphids, Japanese beetles and fruit tree borers. We currently release Praying Mantid cases (Tenodera aridifolia sinensis)and Assasin Bugs (Zelus renardii) from Arbico Organics. We also use Triple Threat Beneficial Nematodes - Sf, Sc, HbH. bacteriaphora, S. carpocapsae, and S. feltiae from Arbico Organics. These are released every year.
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. *
Botrytis blight, powdery mildew, root gall and Aster yellows virus are all LIKELY challenges expected when growing commercially. Although we have not experienced all of these, we are prepared for them. Insect netting will be used for certain crops that are prone disease spread by insects. Soil health good drainage and releasing beneficial nematodes will assist with soil born challenges. Beneficial insects that can travel from plant to plant and sufficient air flow are also implimented.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use well water with our drip tape irrigation. Our well was drilled in 2018 and water has been tested twice.
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. *
95% of my seeds are sourced from the following suppliers. Johnny's Select Seed - non GMO, organic if available, no chemical coating. Botanical Interest - non GMO, organic if available, no chemical coating. Floret - non GMO, organic if available, no chemical coating.
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. *
Sungrow Horticulture Black Gold Natural and Organic Potting Soil: Contains canadian sphagnum peat moss, bark, compost, earthworm castings and organic fertilizer. Perlite or pumice are added. OMRI listed for the production of organic food and fiber. Jolly Gardener Pro-Line C/V: Aged pine bark, Vermiculite, Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss
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. *
All meets CNG standards.
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
There is a large field across the road from us that grows soybean and corn. Once a year they spray weed killer before planting the crops. I can smell it in the air which makes me think there may be some drift. We are planning for a wind break hedge row along the front of our fields.
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 west is at least a 60 foot buffer that separates us from the corn/soybean fields. To the south east is more than 100 feet of woods separating us from the corn/soybean fields.

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:
Flowers are our primary crop but we will be adding more fruit crops in the future.