Produce & Flowers

Sandhills Community College Culinary Gardens

Owner: Lin Hilton

Address:
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Moore County

Web site: http://www.sandhills.edu/horticultural-gardens/

Application Date: 2022-08-20

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I follow safe, natural growing methods. Our produce is used by our culinary students to create meals sourced from our garden and local farmers. It would be good to be able to let the public know we follow good 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? *
At the farmers market
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 first started in my family garden when I was 7 years old (1958) and have been growing using only products one would find in the food storage section of our culinary kitchen. Nothing is used that can not be eaten. For example, we use Neptune’s Harvest fertilizer, Epsom salts, peppermint oil, vinegar and baking soda to name much of what is used in the garden. I started the culinary gardens in August of 2020.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
We use raised beds and grow bags
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Really doesn’t apply
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
None
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
8 4x8 raised beds, 30 grow bags
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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:
The produce is for the sole use by the culinary students in our kitchen and for public luncheon service in our restaurant once a week. It is not offered off campus.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No till twice a year the soil in our raised beds is replaced. We use Daddy Pete's (a NC company) raised bed mix. We use a one and done approach with Espoma vegetable fertilizer and Neptunes fish emulsion. No till. No cover crops as we grow year round.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased Daddy Pete’s
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". *
We fill our beds with Daddy Pete’s raised bed mix
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. *
None
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. *
Hand pull
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. *
Leaf footed beetles - hand squash or spray with H2O+ a wee bit of peppermint Castile soap+A wee bit of veg oil Squash vine borers-Bt, trellises
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. *
Powdery mildew - baking soda+H2O Mildew is really the most problematic in my area. I alternate between baking soda and vinegar. For both pests and disease I am trying planting crops (mostly vining crops) later in the season.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Public city water- same water as inside the building.
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. *
Bakers Creek Seeds of Change Johnny’s organic
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? *
Daddy Pete’s potting
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Daddy Pete’s potting
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 surrounded by grass on all sides that only gets mowed not treated.

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: