Good Samaritan Urban FarmOwner: Nobie Muhl
1015 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30318-6653
daytime phone: (678) 515-0243
Web site: http://www.goodsamatlanta.org/urban-farm/
Application Date: 2016-02-25
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are applying to be a part of the Certified Naturally Grown program to strengthen our farm's connection to the local food community, to bolster our commitment to growing food organically and naturally through external accountability, and to make our produce more marketable to the neighborhoods and customers that we serve.
- 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 first learned about Certified Naturally Grown a few years ago while exploring USDA Organic Certification standards for the farming operation that I was running at the time. I was excited to learn that there were other certification options and by the prospect of having the farm evaluated by a community of peers.
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:
- 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: *
- We primarily use a 12" or 16" broadfork and cultivate with hand tools (hoes and rakes.) We occasionally use a rototiller on the top few inches of the soil to break it up a more for planting and seeding. But, we recently purchased a BCS power harrow and will be using that instead of the rototiller as much as possible.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Winter - Rye Grass, Clover, Winter Peas Summer - Buckwheat
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm and purchased complete.
- 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". *
- 16 Qts/100 sq ft
- 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 Blood Meal Bone Meal Fish Emulsion We use the lime, blood meal, and bone meal in our soilless seed starting mix. We apply bone meal and blood meal as needed prior to direct seeding or transplanting into beds. We use fish emulsion on our seedlings in the greenhouse and to boost foliage growth of vegetables in the field.
- 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. *
- Winter Weed Challenges: Henbit, Chickweed, Wild Onion, and Some Clover We've controlled these by hand picking, using hand tools (scuffle hoe), and by broadforking instead of deep tilling. We anticipate that we will have a large pigweed problem this summer because of compost used in the past that had pigweed seeds in it. We will handles these by hand picking and using hand tools as well. We may utilize a natural herbicide to control weeds in the coming months. It's a solution comprised of water, food grade vinegar, and d-limonene. We will use this herbicide on a minimal basis. What's great about it is that it leaves no residue in the soil.
- 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. *
- Insect Challenges: Aphids, Cutworms, Cabbage Maggots, Squash bug, harlequin bug, other true bugs, scale, caterpillar, and beetles Management: Neem Oil, Insecticidal Soap, Diatemaceous Earth, Parasitic Nematodes, Beauveria Bassiana, Bt, and Spinosad. We will use these occasionally, as needed. We will also populate our farm with beneficials such as ladybugs and praying mantis.
- 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. *
- Potential Challenges: Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Fusarium Wilt, Tomato Blight, Root Rot Management (Preventative): Crop rotation, preparing soil with adequate drainage, planting disease-resistant varieties Management (Treatment): Removal of diseased plants from premises, early removal of diseased leaves; we will use Serenade, neem oil or Copper Sprays for disease treatment rarely if needed.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Water from the City of Atlanta is used for crop irrigation.
- 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? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Farmer D Organics Garden Center
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- I ask the manager of the store and have met some of the growers in person. The transplants are either CNG or Certifed Organic.
- 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). *
- 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. *
- To the South and West of the crops, there is parking lot space. To the south, the buffer is between 350-400 ft wide. To the west, the buffer is about 35-50 ft wide. To the North, there is a fence and on the other side is a large hill that drops off. The crops are about 20ft from the hill drop off. To the East, there is a street that is not used except for mulch drop off. The crops nearest to the street are about 5 ft from the road.
- 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: