Produce Application

Grow with the Flow LLC

Owner: Reginald Ramos

Address:
Tucker, GA

daytime phone: (404) 585-8371
Web site: http://www.growwiththeflowllc.com

Application Date: 2014-03-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We at Grow with the Flow LLC as a new business of vegetable produce are applying to become CNG to show our produce is clean, chemical free, and made using certified organic practices. The certification is also needed to qualify to be vendors at surrounding farmers markets in our area.
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? *
other farms and Georgia Organics

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.2
Fruit Crops:
0.1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
mushrooms, honey(in the future). We have a windowsill hydroponic system where we grow herbs for home use only. We use Maxsea for fertility. I understand that CNG does not certify hydroponic systems and that Maxsea contains ingredients that are not allowed by CNG.
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:
food vendors

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
no-till method - raised beds
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
local county compost, coffee grounds,leaf mulch, grass clippings, vermicompost
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". *
2part compost, 3part native soil/peat moss/ coco coir, 1part vermiculite/perlite/sand
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. *
We will be using azomite rock powder, alfalfa meal, greensand, compost tea, worm casting, sea-90, microlife, and other boogie brew products
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. *
We will likely have several weeds that arise in raised bed square foot method. We will control with mulching with wheat straw, wood mulch, or newspaper and pulling weeds.
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. *
We will likely get such pests as squash bugs, aphids, flea beatles, and leaf eaters. We will control them with neem oil solutions application using pump spray, soap/pepper solution application using pump spray, manual picking off pest control, crop rotation, attracting predatory bugs, and inter-cropping
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 will likely have disease on vegetable crops of root, leafy greens, or fruiting. We will uses preventative method of soil management using earth worm castings, compost tea and compost extracts. Also seasonal crop rotation.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
carbon filtered city water, and Rainwater Harvesting
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. *
We are uphill from other properties. Wooded area on the South and West side and fenced in growing area and some trees surrounding property. Our growing space is about 15 -20ft from our neighbors property line and is fenced in. We are in a small neighborhood. None of our neighbors use synthetic chemicals on their properties to our knowledge.

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:
We are in a neighborhood in only a small portion of land.