Produce Application

Bramberi Farm & Gardens

Owner: Ann Seigies

Address:
19 Pierces Pond Road
Murrayville, GA 30564
Lumpkin County

daytime phone: (706) 867-1358
evening phone: (706) 867-1358
Web site: http://www.BramberiFarm.com

Application Date: 2014-12-29

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are new producers, and are striving to be "sustainability" minded with the entirety of the farm. Many of our (potential)customers are becoming informed about different production methods, and want to know that we conform to basic standards. Having a label stating such aids our ability to sell, and provides a conversation starter.
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? *
Through the Locally Grown cooperative, and research into USDA-NOP alternatives for very small producers.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3
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
Fruit Crops:
3
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
16
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:
As new producers of perennial crops we are just beginning to develop our marketing outlets. Our goal is to also participate in the LocalHarvest.org forum.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Only for initial ground-breaking: roto-tiller. For the flower and herb garden, occasional shovel tillage.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Annual Rye in plots which are fall-tilled.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm produced compost from Chicken, sheep, and goat droppings, grass/weed clippings, and occasional horse manure with accompanying shavings from nearby farm. Also, initially used Black Cow Manure. Our ground is covered with 3 inches of ramial wood chips, made on-site with branches collected from on-site.
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". *
2 inches depth in planting zone
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm produced droppings from chicken, sheep and goat, in fall-only application, if adequate on-farm-produced compost is not available. Manures are mixed with bedding material, typically straw, but occasionally pine shavings
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". *
2 inches deep in trenches
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
None.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
no
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
We do not have details on the inputs used on this property prior to September 2013, which is when we took possession.
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
We do not have details on the inputs used on this property prior to September 2013, which is when we took possession.
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. *
Crabgrass, dock, centipede grass. We are trying to establish a fescue/alternative lawn mix to combat the crabgrass & centipede problem, and will be laying weed-block fabric in the hoophouse. The dock is manually removed, as were the crabgrass & centipede prior to the recent tillage and sowing of new seed
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. *
Lygus bug, for which we have planted an alfalfa trap crop, and have used Neem. Japanese Beetle, for which we have applied Milky Spore, set pheromone traps, applied Surround WP and used Neem throughout June-August. Then for a litany of pests this fall (grasshoppers, fruit fly, and stink bug) we applied alternately Neem and Mycotrol, with an application of each on alternating weeks, or more frequently with rains. Then, as the problem intensified, we alternated Pyganic with Spinosad with 3 applications of each over a period of 4 weeks until the season ended with the first frost. Stem borer was an occasional trouble, and is managed by pruning off affected canes. All of the insect pests are manually controlled when possible. Our hope and prayer is that as the soil becomes more robust, we will begin to see less of the pest trouble.
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. *
Anthracnose was a problem on the strawberry, and rust appeared on the blackberry. This past year, we used an OMRI certified Copper product, and neem. Control was not good. Applications of Neem will be started sooner in the year, along with EARLY applications of compost tea, and a microbial enrichment of the planting media. In the blueberry, Mummy berry was a problem, and was manually controlled, with collection of the affected berries, removal of all fallen fruit, and application of mulch
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
A deep well, with backup of a private pond.
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Berry plants came from Nourse Farm, Pense Nursery, Simmons Nursery, Sakuma Bros. Nursery, and Ison's Nursery.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Plants are not organically grown
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). *
All transplants are conventionally grown. They are all perennial plants, and will not produce for public consumption until 2nd growing season.
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 have at least 200 feet of border between our growing fields and any neighbors. A main road is 200 feet from the edge of one of the growing plots, the rest of the border is largely forested. The surrounding neighborhood is cattle-pasture and hay fields, with a Chicken operation 1/4 mile to the north, with a hundred foot rise & fall of a hill in between.

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:
The strawberry are being grown hydroponically, which has resulted in different issues & management practices than the cane-berries. We understand that CNG does not certify hydroponic operations and that strawberries are not included in our certification. At this time, our livestock are conventionally raised, as access to reasonably priced organic supplemental feed is not available here, and the animals have been immunized & other-wise conventionally treated for various ailments, such as excessive parasites & hoof rot.