Produce Application

Spreading Oaks Farm

Owner: Kenneth and Patty Cook

Address:
303 Tack Cole Rd
Dallas, GA 30157
Paulding County

daytime phone: (770) 231-4632
evening phone: (770) 231-4632

Application Date: 2013-01-16

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been growning produce using natural methods for the past 2 years, selling our produce at local farmers markets and through a CSA program. We feel that the Certified Naturally Grown label is the next step in our farming 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? *
Online and other farmers

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
17.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
17.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
14.5
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
14.5
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Beef Cattle
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: *
Plow with tractor in early spring to plow in cover crops. Use tractor tiller to prepare garden areas. Once crops are planted, use walk behind tiller for weed control.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
clover, winter wheat, rye, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, local horse stable, local chicken farm; mixed together and allowed to compost out.
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 with each planting
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local horse stable; 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". *
3-4 inches deep in fall
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
straight manure plowed in in fall before planted in cover crops
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. *
HarmonyTM Ag Organic Fertilizer w/ 9% Calcium (5-4-3)1.0% water soluble nitrogen, 4.0% water insoluble nitrogen, 4.0% P2O3, 3.0% K20, 9.0% Calcium, .08% magnesium, 0.2% Iron. 370 ppm Zinc, 40 ppm Copper, .65% Sulfur, 35 ppm Boron--side dress plants 1 or 2 times, as needed. lime-as needed per soil testing results.
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. *
crab grass--mulching, tilling, hoeing, pulling by hand bermuda grass--tilling, hoeing, pulling 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. *
flea beetles--floating row covers, insecticidal soap(once) squash bugs--hand squishing cucumber beetles--floating row covers, hand squishing aphids--insecticidal soap(once per infestation) bean beetles-Pyganic--once per infestation
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. *
Fungus--copper sulfate-once per incidence
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
private 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") *
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 and west there is standing timber separating us from neighboring houses as well as a 3 acre lake and 500 yards of pasture. There is a wooden fence and 50 feet separating us from the road to the North. There is a 120 yard pasture with chickens protecting us on the Eastern side 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: