Little Birdsville Farm, LLCOwner: Frances Winslow
988 N Jones Plantation Rd
Millen, GA 30442
daytime phone: (678) 488-4275
evening phone: (678) 488-4275
Web site: http://littlebirdsvillefarm.com
Application Date: 2018-04-15
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Because I believe it is high time I was able to show validation for the determined effort I put into growing organically, sustainably and responsibly. I work really hard at it. And I do not treat my bees with anything synthetic. In fact, I have never used any treatments on my beehives, except for powdered sugar once in eight years.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- I met Alice Varon at the very first Georgia Organics Conference I ever went to in 2007 (I think). Janisse Ray was the keynote speaker, and I was hooked. I knew this was the path I wanted to follow.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- Other Acreage:
- 3 in Pollinator habitat, 4.5 in cover crop
- 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:
- There is a local restaurant who has expressed interest in buying produce from me, but I have not as yet sold anything to it.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- I use primarily a BCS walk behind tractor with a tiller, rotary plow and rotary harrow. Sometimes I use my 45hp Mahindra tractor with a borrowed harrow. For my Pollinator habitat and cover crop area I had someone else use a much bigger tractor, harrow and no-till drill.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- austrian winter peas, millet, buckwheat, oats
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- I use primarily complete organic compost from Longwood Plantation, Newington, Georgia. Sometimes I add shredded leaves, mostly oak.
- 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". *
- have only used compost where I grow vegetables approximately 1" deep
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- Lime (pelletized dolomitic) and potassium (sulfate of potash), if recommended by soil test. I have used alfalfa meal from Seven Springs. Fish emulsion. Slow release 3-2-3 fertilizer (derived from composted poultry manure)
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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, yellow nut sedge. Hand pulling/cultivation. Believe me, I wish I had a product to use!
- 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. *
- Pickle worms in squash and zucchini. Cabbage worms on cruciferous crops. Stink bugs and leaf footed bugs on tomatoes. Last year I tried planting sorghum and sunflowers adjacent to my tomatoes as a trap crop for both, as recommended by Dr. A (Auburn University Extension specialist). Was working well, but early in the season I unfortunately got T-boned by a deer and had my left arm broken in two places. Weeds took over and I was unable to manage any crops period.
- 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 has been a problem in the past on cucurbits but it has usually been nearer the end of the season. I use drip irrigation, which helps in not spreading disease. I really do not use many products period.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Drip irrigation from a well. Sometimes a sprinkler from same well.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- For my .5 acre vegetable/high tunnel area: East and north at least 100 yds away are conventional fields. Buffers are primarily huge live oak trees, pecan trees, privet, muscadine vines. South is a pecan orchard of several acres (our family property, so I can vouch for no synthetic or chemical inputs). To the west are more live oaks and mown grassy areas and family property of at least 100yds before crossing the road into conventional fields. There is a public dirt road adjacent to both where I grow produce and have bee hives. Some bee hives are closer to the road than 100 yds, as are some of the veg beds. My sister manages the property across the dirt road. She does use synthetic products as well as roundup in her flower garden, but that is about 100yds away. I have a separate 7 acres about .5 miles away where i have more bee hives and pollinator habitat and cover crop/fallow area surrounded on all sides by forested area. Most of the bee hives are well back from other fields and roads separated by several acres of pollinator habitat and cover crop (actually fallow at the moment).
- 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:
- It is very small. I am a one person operation, occasionally having help for a day. I cannot count the number of times I have been offered a 50 gallon drum of Roundup for my weed woes by well-meaning local conventional farmers. Yes, I have obnoxious weeds, but I refuse to use synthetic products. Being Certified Naturally Grown would validate what I do and what I stand for with both what I grow and how I manage my bees. As for what my bees forage on, yes, there are plenty of conventional crops surrounding my little farm that are sprayed, but I have learned there are many plants in the wild that are nectar and pollen sources for honeybees well before conventional crops are planted and/or sprayed with pesticides and herbicides.