Produce Application

Lucky Leaf Farm

Owner: John Scott

Address:
1219 Hwy 198
Baldwin, GA 30511
Banks County

daytime phone: (404) 906-2338
Web site: http://www.luckyleaffarm.com

Application Date: 2016-02-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe in a sustainable form of agriculture. My goal is to produce food which is the most nutritious and safe to eat while building my soil for the years to come.
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? *
I volunteered for Skylight Farm which is located on Glover Family Farms. They are CNG and have been using organic practices for over 50 years.

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: *
33
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.5
Fruit Crops:
0.5
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: *
compact tractor with bottom plow, disc harrow, and spike tooth harrow, also have a small tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
right now the pasture is allowed to go to seed and only mown a few times a year leaving the organic matter. This will be my first year of production so starting this year there will be a cover crop rotation that is implemented.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
All compost at this time is Farm processed using wood chips acquired from a the local city( from downed trees kept separate and clean), and other debris from the 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". *
2 inches deep on all raised beds, will also use raw wood chips on top that will break down over the season and be incorporated before cover crops are planted
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
I have a small amount of horse manure that was collect from the field during a horse "fostering" period summer of 2015. Generally this type of manure will not be used.
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". *
I have about two wheelbarrows full of total manure of property that will mostly be used in tomato plantings
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
late spring during planting
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. *
I will be using limestone to neutralize the soil PH the application rate will be based on the soil test for this year. The soil has never been worked for any large amount of crops so the PH pretty acidic.
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. *
I have several weed issues that I am hoping to control over time with crop rotation and cover cropping. I also use stale seed bedding and solarization techniques before planting. Flame weeding is another technique used. Some of the major weeks are poke weed, thistle, rag weed, shepherds purse, pig weed
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. *
big foot bug, Japanese beetles, flea beetles, borer beetle, I will use row cover for flea beetles this year, and catch crops to flame weed after they get on the crop. I will also be utilizing sesame oils this year and researching other organic deterrents. I will also be releasing lady bugs and lace wings to cut down on the aphid problems. I use beer traps for horn worms as well as hand picking for beetles and worms.
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. *
DM seemed to be the big one. I am incorportating bio-mulch this year to help with air circualtion as well as splashing from the ground. Drip irrigation will also be used this year. Monitoring working times when plants are wet to stop fungus and disease spreading.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain Water Catchment (to be installed), 250 well to start season, and a creek that runs through the property that has been tested for crop use.
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
seed potatoes from New Sprout
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes they are certified 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). *
N/A
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. *
Only a cow pasture to the northeast touches the property and mostly chicken farm surround the property which 5 miles. The property is heavily wooded on all sides. The front of the field is raise to the road so that also provides a buffer.

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:
This is a new farm and I am a new farmer. This will allow me to base my production habits from the beginning on an organic operation using the CNG guidelines. I look forward to becoming a member of your organization.