Produce Application

West Broad Market Garden & Williams Farm of ALT

Owner: Seth Nivens

Address:
1573 West Broad St.
235 Northside Dr.
Athens, GA 30606
Clarke County

Mailing Address:
685 North Pope St.
Athens, GA 30601

daytime phone: (706) 613-0122
evening phone: (706) 613-0122
Web site: http://www.athenslandtrust.org

Application Date: 2012-08-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Because we are interested in having our commitment to sustainable practices recognized and in becoming a member of the family of Certified Natural Growers in and around our local community.
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? *
From other Certified Naturally Grown farmers and our local agricultural extension agent.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
Fruit Crops:
0.25
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
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: *
Initial tilling of the site was done with a tractor; however, future cultivation will be managed entirely with hand tools at West Broad Market Garden. We do occasionally use a push tiller at Williams Farm, though we are working towards being 'no-till'.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Crotalaria, Crimson Clover, Hairy Vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and University of Georgia supplied. We have also begun collecting coffee grounds from local coffee shops, and food scraps from select local restaurants that we compost ourselves on site.
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 deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Horse 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". *
1-2 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Between seasons
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. *
Harmony Agri-Organic Fertilizer (5-4-3) - 100% natural poultry layer manure
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, which we manage via hand-weeding and mulching
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. *
Tarnished plant bug, Harlequin bug, Squash bug...all managed by hand removal at all stages of development. We also rotate crops.
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. *
Downy mildew, leaf mold - managed through the application of compost teas and the prompt removal of diseased plant matter
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City 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") *
All transplants are grown using 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. *
We are located in a residential area, on land owned by the school district. The District has committed to not using pesticides in the area. There is actually substantial shrubbery on the side of our property which abuts the main street mentioned above; and, on the backside of the site, there is also a well developed tree line. The only other side of the property which is 'exposed' (the other side is the old school building itself) has been planted up in perennials and will be reinforced this Spring. That said, we do not anticipate any pesticide or herbicide drift from our neighbors, all of whom have bought in to the project and are supporters of our efforts to grow toxin free food. Williams Farm is a historic farm 2 miles from downtown Athens. The growing areas are set back from the existing roads, and there is a significant buffer of either trees, field, or buildings on all sides. The surrounding land is either owned by us or one neighbor that supports our efforts to be chemical free. They do not spray their property, but we have maintained a buffer between us and them just in case.

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:
Our West Broad Market Garden is the first and only urban farm site in Athens, GA, and is rooted in an employment and empowerment-based model targeting at-risk youth. Williams Farm is owned by the Athens Land Trust, encompasses about 5 acres (we are only growing on 1.5 acres), and grows to support our program at West Broad, and maintains its own CSA in addition to donating a percentage of produce to entities such as our local food bank.