Produce Application

3 Porch Farm

Owner: Mandy and Steve O'Shea

Address:
135 Francis Hill Rd
Comer, GA 30629
Madison County

daytime phone: (706) 224-8773
Web site: http://www.3porchfarm.com

Application Date: 2015-06-08

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
time to recertify
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CNG
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: *
3.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
2.5
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
mushrooms
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:
weddings (flowers)

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
tractor with bedshaper and bio-telo
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
rye, peas, white clover, crimson clover, Sudan grass, and buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm compost composed of neighbors horse manure mixed with our greens and rock dust. also purchased complete from Let Us Compost who runs tests on their product. also from a neighbor who completes horse manure and wood chip compost and tests for persistent herbicides as a double check even though the horse owners assure him they never use contaminated 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". *
1-3" 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. *
bed prep: symphony 5-4-3 (omri listed and comes from chicken litter), green sand, bi weekly: fish emulsion, seaweed Potting mix: blood meal, bone meal blueberry beds: feather-meal
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. *
bermuda grass, johnson grass, and pigweed are the worst. we hand weed the pigweed from the beds. We flame weed direct seeded beds on occasion. We mulch certain crops with straw or wood chips. For our annual crops, we use bio-telo in the rows and landscape fabric in the aisles, thereby almost eliminating the need to weed.
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. *
japanese beetles...smoosh by hand, tarnished plant bugs, aphids, spider mites, thrips, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers....we rotate between azadirachtin,spinosad, pyganic, bt, DE, and cursewords, leaf-footed bugs we shoosh
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 and black spot on zinnias. we just use neem or milk.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well
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") *
they are grown according to CNG methods
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. *
our property is surrounded by woods on the south, southeast and south west portions. the west portion is a wall of eleagnus and privet. there is a fifty foot buffer between that and our neighbors cattle. the north side is a wall of eleagnus and bamboo. on the other side of that is a road and then a hay field....I have never seen them spray in 4 years. on the east is a wall of eleagnus then a road, than a hay field. never seen them spray either.

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: