Produce Application

Paideia School

Owner: Tania Herbert

Address:
1031 Oakdale Road
Atlanta, GA 30307
Dekalb County

Mailing Address:
1509 South Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307

Web site: http://https://www.paideiaschool.org/

Application Date: 2014-03-18

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We run an educational farm, and sustainability is always the goal for us, and we want our students to understand and value that. Getting certified would be an important educational tool in itself, as students would get to know the process and difficulties for farmers. It would also give them some experience with markets, because we would like to sell our produce and keep consumers educated about our standards.
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? *
Going to farmer's markets and working with other farmers, many of whom are Certified.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.75
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:
Soup Kitchens, school events, food pantries

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Kids with shovels and broad forks! cover crop no till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
-hairy vetch & rye -austrian pea -buckwheat -millet -dutch clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm using scraps from various local restaurants (Sevananda Co-op, Cakes & Ale, Wrecking Bar Brew Pub), and compost from Cummins Landscape
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". *
1/2-1 cubic yard every 100 square feet; less for cover cropped beds and established bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local dairy (Decimal Place Farms), or our own organic chicken manure (we feed them all organic scraps from local sources and organic feed), both of which is aged the minimum of 180 days. We add it to the windrows.
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". *
We don't directly add manure to beds, just to the composting process.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Generally in the fall to compost, then apply finished compost the following fall.
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. *
-cottonseed meal from Espoma -feather meal from Seven Springs -worm castings from Seven Springs -Neptune's Harvest fish emulsion -liquid kelp and seaweed from Fox Farms -Alaska fish emulsion -Green Sand kelp meal -Espoma bone meal -compost and compost tea -granite sand
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: we use cardboard and wood chips as a regular mulch in pathways, usually remulching once a year but also remove it by hand, and lay down organic mulches (ground up leaves or straw) in beds, and black plastic mulch for certain crops (strawberries). Future plans for soil solarization.
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. *
red ants: apply diatomaceous earth and nest disruption flea beetle: row cover, sometimes apply diatomaceous earth cabbage moth and cabbage looper: bacillus thuringiensis solution application as a last resort, otherwise hand pick the larva. occasional homemade garlic and pepper spray or insecticidal soap to kill aphids
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. *
early blight on tomatoes: nothing downy mildew (on squash): apply baking soda and compost tea spray Likely pests and controls: colorado potato beetle--farmscape for beneficial insects and birds, hand picking, maybe Neem after dark when pollinators are not around. and mexican bean beetle--same.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City water for agricultural purposes.
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Oakhurst Community Garden plant sale, Love is Love Farm
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
I work with them and know they follow standards.
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
We have bought a few perennials from Ace Hardware before, and I'm not certain they follow CNG standards. But we will not be selling these herbs in the first year.
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Both sites are located in neighborhoods where people probably spray their lawns with herbicides like round-up. While we have spoken to our immediate neighbors about their use of chemicals, I cannot guarantee no drift occurs from other parts of the neighborhood. We are sending out fliers to talk about the dangers of these chemicals.
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 starting a fruit orchard on one side of the yard, and the rest is pretty wooded. Otherwise there are houses and roads that serve as buffers. We have spoken to all of the neighbors - a few of them have applied chemicals in the past three years but there is a fifty foot buffer between the growing site and where it was applied. I've been providing them with alternatives to their use. We are also farmscaping with beneficial flowers and hedgerow around the farm.

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 have two farm sites, just to be clear. Both are on the same road. Only the location at 1031 Oakdale Road is CNG certified. Lots of children come around the farm to work, and we have bees and chickens, but don't plan on applying for certification of the apiary and chickens just yet.