Produce Application

Radiant Acres Farm And Garden

Owner: Stephen and Jana Smith

Address:
318 North Field Rd
Waynesboro, GA 30830
Burke County

daytime phone: (757) 647-0151
evening phone: (757) 647-0151

Application Date: 2015-12-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are committed to growing using organic principles and this certification will allow us to show this committment to our customers
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? *
Family/ Augusta Local Grown

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: *
44
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
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:
Augustalocallygrown

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
tilling and Harrowing at this time trying to establish our garden areas, from areas of overgrown grasses. going to try to move towards letting our hogs and chickens in the areas during of season.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Haven't used yet still working on new areas that have been pasture areas for several years.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased organic compost and mulch mixture, on farm leaves and clippings, we have wooded areas that are overgrown and will be cutting out weak saplings to make room for wooded areas to flourish and then we will mulch the brush that we cut out. We also want to try to set up areas using Back to Eden principles which we will mulch thicker than our current garden areas.
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". *
when it is straight compost 1-2 inches mixed into soil then 1-2 inch top dressing
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
we are currently using our on farm sources of pigs rabbits and chickens but haven't applied any to garden at this time. Our animals are new to the farm and using pine shaving in the chicken houses through the winter which we will then let sit till fall and apply during off season.
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. *
fish emulsion is only added fertilizer used, used calcium to try to deter blossom end rot. Everything we purchased last year had the ORMI label.
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. *
We are still fighting the overgrowth from years of the area standing idle we used weed burners and manually pulling of weeds and grasses.
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. *
potato bugs were a big issue and we hand picked daily, Squash bugs hand picking of eggs and insects until they got to far ahead of us then we tried one application of an ORMI listed insecticidal soap. Tomato Horn worm hand picked until they got to far ahead then applied BT hand picked in between the two applications which we applied 3 weeks apart.
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. *
Blossom end rot we added an ORMI listed Calcium that we found
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
private 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

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? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
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? *
yes
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? *
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 field on one side used primarily for pasture. No row crop has been planted but he does rotate what he plants between his grazing and sprays his fence rows to kill the weeds. He spreads manure in the fields as his fertilization source.
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 two properties used for farming. Property A is 18 acres where our house and outbuilding are located at 318 North Field Rd, Waynesboro GA 30830. The East side of this property is residential area 3 acres of grass/ old pasture before buildings. As well as 4 acres of pasture under our management, The North side is 10 acres of woods that we own behind that is power line easement and more woods. The West side is 1/2 mile area of woods leading to paved road. The South border is a dirt road which dead ends at our house, across the road is a 5 acre plot of blue berry bushes that have had nothing done with them for 4-5 years when owner diverted his attention to potted plants and a overgrown residential lot that has just been sold and owner looks to be mowing areas to establish his residence. Property B is 26 acres located at 968 Johnson Rd Sardis Ga 30456 where a majority of the crops are grown. We received EQIP grants under the organic farming for a well and micro irrigation. This property is isolated in the following manner. Paved road on the South with a wooded boarder of a minimum of 100' leading to open area, on the East side is a dirt road separated out from 50' on the North to 300' on the south. The west border is 16 acres of pasture under our management currently overgrown grasses, The North border is large pasture where owner rotates his cattle through, he does spray the fence lines for vegetation control, which is separated from our land by a 50' easement drive.

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:
When we bought the property 1 it was tied up in court for 8-10 years for getting a clear deed, nothing has been done to it since I bought it that was not to organic standards, most of the acreage is still overgrown which I mow annually to maintain. Property 2 has been vacant for 2 years prior to us purchasing and area we are considering gardening was overgrown in what used to be their pasture.