Produce Application

Good Roots, Multiple Choices CIL

Owner: Stephanie Bergamo

Address:
145 Barrington Drive
Athens, GA 30605
Clarke County

daytime phone: (706) 424-4080
evening phone: (706) 424-4080
Web site: http://www.multiplechoices.us/

Application Date: 2014-11-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Good Roots is a microenterprise training and production program for isolated individuals. Isolation can be based on race, creed, gender, ethnicity, disability, and/or other differences. The end result is often the same poverty, prejudice, limited resources, and lack of opportunity. Good Roots provides an avenue for individuals to prevail over such disparities. Trainees learn the art and science of starting seedlings, and the rudiments of small business ownership, while contributing to their local communities through the production and sales of quality organically grown vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings. We have a USDA Live Plant Sales License.
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? *
Local (Georgia) gardeners/farmers

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.01365
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.01365
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.01092
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
0.00273
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:
Local festivals, artists markets, farmers

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
N/A
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
Liquid Seaweed (Maxicrop Original 0-0-1) and Fish Emulsion (Alaska Fish Fertilizer 5-1-1) applied weekly or as needed; occasional top-dress with granular Symphony Organic Fertilizer (5-4-3); occasional magnesium boost with Epsom Salt dilution
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. *
Actual weed challenges: We have seen occasional small grass, Euphorbia, and Oxalis seedlings in pots/flats, which were removed by hand from pots/flats. Likely weed challenges: Grass, Oxalis, Euphorbia, small mustards (e.g. Draba), and other such weed seedlings will be removed by hand from pots/flats.
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. *
Actual insect challenges: Fungus gnats, flea beetles, aphids, European cabbage worm/cabbage loopers. Actual insects managed with: Sticky traps hung in the Grow Room for fungus gnats; hand removal is the first option for other insects; Safer Insecticidal Soap (potassium salts of fatty acids) has been used when aphids were spotted with enough abundance that to remove all by hand was not efficient; Ferti-Lome Dipel Dust (Bacillus thurengiensis subsp kurstaki strain) and St. Gabriel Organics Diatomaceous Earth are for European cabbage worm/cabbage looper when spotted with enough abundance that to remove in a timely-enough way by hand was not efficient. Likely insect challenges: Flea beetles, aphids, thrips, cabbage worms/loopers, tomato hornworm, leaf hoppers. Likely insects will be managed with: hand removal and/or: Safer Insecticidal Soap (potassium salts of fatty acids), AzaMax (1.2 % Azadirachtin), St. Gabriel Organics Diatomaceous Earth, Ferti-Lome Dipel Dust (Bacillus thurengiensis subsp kurstaki strain) on an as-needed basis. Prevention: Sound organic practices -- clean growing areas; clean supplies; consistent monitoring of plants for pests; prompt removal of plant debris; use of local Cooperative Extension Service for diagnosis of any unidentified pests.
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. *
Actual disease challenges: Damping off Actual disease challenges managed with: hand removal and disposal of weakened seedlings; use of quality sterilized soil; proper sowing and germinating/watering techniques; clean growing environment and supplies. Likely disease challenges: Damping off, black rot, alternaria leaf spot, black leg/Brassicas, powdery mildew, downy mildew. Likely disease challenges managed with: hand removal and disposal of weakened seedlings/plants; use of quality seed; use of quality sterilized soil; use of resistant seeds I available; proper watering techniques; timely fertilizing; keeping insect vectors at bay; clean growing environment and supplies; quarantine if necessary. Prevention: Sound organic practices -- clean growing areas; clean supplies; proper air circulation; consistent monitoring of plants for disease symptoms; prompt removal of plant debris; use of local Cooperative Extension Service for diagnosis of any unidentified pathogen.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Local county water from outdoor spigot.
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? *
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.) *
Conventional commercial landscape maintenance crews spraying herbicide (e.g. glyphosate) for weeds on sites adjacent to our Grow Room but not on the leased property of Multiple Choices
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. *
Sown seeds are germinated and grown indoors under lights in the Grow Room or in trainee homes; any possible herbicide drift would be unlikely except potentially during transport to/from trainee homes/Grow Room, to/from sales venues, and around relatively isolated areas outside the Grow Room where plants preferably are hardened off. There, two sides are protected by privacy fences. The other two sides are on Multiple Choices leased property.

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: