Produce Application

Farmington Herbals

Owner: Lisa Pickett

Address:
1171 Freeman Creek Road
Bishop, GA 30621
Oconee County

Mailing Address:
P.O. BOX 252
Farmington, GA 30638

daytime phone: (706) 769-8100
evening phone: 706-224-4207 (cell)
Web site: http://www.farmingtonherbals.com

Application Date: 2015-10-26

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I would like my customers to know that the herbs and flowers I grow and use in my products are grown organically and chemical free. It is also a requirement of our Farmer's Market to be CNG for food products.
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? *
In Master Gardener class and from other farmers and staff of Athens Farmer's Market.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.18
Number of above acreage that you own: *
10
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Hand tiller, garden fork, spade.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Red Clover, Oats, Winter Rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On site from kitchen vegetable scraps, Comfrey and garden clippings, leaves, pine bark. Also inquired with Let us Compost as a possible supplemental source.
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 inches
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local horse farm
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 inches
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. *
Lime, usually applied when preparing a new garden bed. Bone meal, alfalfa meal and greensand on top of compost in spring.
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. *
Johnson grass, Bermuda grass, blackberry bramble, Virginia Creeper. Garden fork, hand pulling. Prevention by mulching is the most effective method.
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. *
Japanese beetles, stink bugs, mostly on the roses. I have not used any spray on them, just picking off the bugs. Once the Japanese beetles leave the roses look good.
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. *
Powdery Mildew, Wilt virus on some of the herbs. I use crop rotation, sanitation practices and prune out infected areas. In the case of perennial plants, try moving them to a different location.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Deep well
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") *
All the transplants that we grow would be in line with CNG standards as far as I know.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
I have purchased most of my existing perennial herbs such as Lavender, Rosemary, spearmint, peppermint, Lemon Verbena, Roses, from a local nursery. They have been in the ground for more than 12 months, and grown using organic methods.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
The transplants are most likely not CNG, but are perennials have been under my management for more than 12 months.
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). *
Perennials as listed above.
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. *
Our property is shaped like a rectangle. The garden area is toward the back of the property with at least 100 yards to the small road frontage on Freeman Creek Rd. (east side) On the north side the property line goes right next to 500 acres of wooded property owned by a timber company. To the south and west side there is 40 acres of neighbor's land of which the closest to us is used for raising sheep. There is a buffer of trees in between up to the fence on both sides of at least 60 feet.

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: