Produce Application

The Veggie Patch at Bouchard Farms

Owner: James Bouchard

Address:
751 Nunn Road
Commerce, GA 30529
Jackson County

Mailing Address:
P O Box 1498
Commerce, GA 30529

daytime phone: (706) 335-2718
evening phone: (706) 616-7869
Web site: http://www.simplyfreshveggies.com

Application Date: 2009-07-31

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe in growing healthy, all natural produce without using pesticides, chemicals or perservatives. We appreciate the opportunity to work with other local farmers to keep the integrity of naturally grown produce to higher standards.
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? *
Other Farmers

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
76
Number of above acreage that you own: *
76
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
15
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
60
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Tractors and implements
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
white clover, red clover, buckwheat, winter rye, hay
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, purchased complete
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 front-end loader buckets per 1,000 sq. ft.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
horses and cows on farm, local chicken farm
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". *
Aged with Compost listed above
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
aged manure year round
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. *
blood meal, bone meal, black cow compost, worm castings, farmer's organic chicken litter compost, lime, neptune's fish and seaweed meal and crabshell meal, plant tone.
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. *
typical local weeds controlled by hoe, hand tiller or picked by hand.
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. *
caterpillars, worms, aphids, etc. (typical local pests) controlled by intergrated pest management (beneficial insects, crop rotations, OMRI products, such as Bacillus, thuringiensis)
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. *
have incountered very few disease problems, but kill plant if diseased. Also, use OMRI Serenade, if needed.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
private spring fed creek and pond water, private well water
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "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. *
To the South there is a 40 foot buffer between crops and road. To the North there is a 3 acre buffer between neighbors that have no agrcultural land. To the East and West is natural unproducing farm land.

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:
We would like to certify our complete 500+ acre farm, although only 75 acres is currently producing.