Produce Application

Fry Farm

Owner: Steve, Vicky & Matt Fry

Address:
590 Cross Ln NW
Bethlehem, GA 30620
Walton County

daytime phone: (770) 207-8925
evening phone: (770) 207-8925
Web site: http://fry-farm.com

Application Date: 2011-05-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been practicing organic and sustainable methods on our farm for 4 years now and we feel a need for certification. We want to go through a private source and we like what we have seen of the CNG program.
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? *
We learned of CNG from a farmer that we know from one of the farmers markets that we participate in. Since then we have seen quite a lot of other farmers in the program through the locallygrown.net online farmers markets.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
12
Number of above acreage that you own: *
12
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
5
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
4
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
2
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:
gwinnett.locallygrown.net

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
all purpose plow and roto tiller using 30 Hp Kubota tractor
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
crimson clover and winter rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, local saw mill, local rye hay
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". *
2 tons per acre annually
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm and we also buy bagged ( Black Hen and Black Cow ).
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 deep as needed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
We use green sand, bone meal, blood meal and black hen when needed. We purchase from Athens Seed in Watkinsville.
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. *
The only weed control we use is hand pulling and cultivation.
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. *
Squash bugs are our worst problem. We usually plow under a crop that is infested. We use Pyganic (pyrethrum) only when absolutely necessary. It is expensive and we have honey bees so we are very careful and rarely use it.
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. *
We destroy diseased plants as soon as they show signs. This is best method that we have found.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use our drilled well. We also have a spring fed pond that we intend on using in the future.
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") *
NA
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Sweet Potato slips from Duck Creek Farms in Oklahoma. Cert Org seed potatoes from Ronnigers in Colorado.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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). *
none
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. *
There is a wooded area of at least 100 yards that separates the tree farm from the south west end of our farm. There is a wooded 65 acre tract to our north west side. There is a horse farm to our south east side and 300 feet of dirt road on our north east side with at least 200 foot buffer with a drainage ditch separating us from the road.

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: