Produce Application

Saint Basil Farm

Owner: Gina and Sweet Tea Dorminy

Address:
12965 Old White Horse Rd
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Greenville County

Application Date: 2017-03-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I hold my mission is to heal a piece of land and spread the word of caring for the earth by farming. Given this, and my belief that the use of chemicals is antithetical to earth stewardship, I have a choice between being organic or naturally grown. Certification is a important selling point, to authenticate my growing methods to the general public who cannot probe every point of my operation fast enough to decide to buy from me, so I should get certified. I hold it is not the government's place to be involved in food, and certainly not the certification of food as grown in an earth-friendly fashion, due to their predilections toward chemical, large-scale agriculture, and their impersonal, non-local bureaucracy. CNG's emphasis on peer review rather than paid review, and on regulations that focus on genuine caring for the earth (and dispermission of hydroponics), addresses these concerns extremely well, and I'm excited by CNG's existence.
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? *
Growing for Market back when CNG was founded.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.6
Number of above acreage that you own: *
.6
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.55
Fruit Crops:
.05
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: *
Half is low-till inside untreated wood sided raised beds, broadfork only. An experiment this year is in broadforked no-side beds with 2" compost on top, which would get yearly or twiceyearly broadforking; these beds may return to pasture after this year or become woodsided, or stay this way; it's an experiment.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, mache, depending on the season; the goal is to keep all beds in production yearround.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased from Foothills Compost in Gainesville GA and from Farmers Organics in Newton GA, both certified for organic use.
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". *
For raised beds, 16 inches last year, and topped off between crops to maintain at least 12 inches. For experimental area, 2" between crops.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
The experimental half of the vegetables was in pasture immediately prior and was manured from rotationally grazing animals prior to that.
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". *
Distributed as animals feed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Winter
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. *
Kelp, alfalfa meal, and fish emulsion if needed (haven't needed yet).
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. *
Raised beds full of compost make for a very lambs quarters rich weed population; fortunately lambs quarters is easy to pull by hand or eliminate via raking. Catsear, dandelions, fescue and crabgrass enter the tall beds via wind and require some effort to remove when largish, by hand. Some small amount of bermuda grass stolons are in the compost; those are hand pulled and the bermuda grass invading from outside the bed is afflicted with Avenger (OMRI listed limonene preparation) each month that it comes back and is green. New beds in pasture have established fescue to deal with; WeedGuardPlus (OMRI listed paper mulch) is used everywhere there to keep the fescue from emerging in beds.
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. *
Grasshoppers are likely to be a plague, as always. Flea beetles love turning greens into skeletons. Harlequin bugs are a plague on kale/chard. All these are effectively deterred by row cover if faithfully used. Leaf-footed bugs were bad last year on the peppers; I plan to row cover and then just encourage the plants to outgrow them. Slugs were bad this winter; Sluggo (OMRI approved) to deal. Squashes usually have a plague of squash bugs and squash vine borers; crop rotation and succession planting are the best ways I've found to deal.
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. *
Phytophtora in peppers, and root rot in spinach/lettuce, were bad this past year; rotation seems the only way to deal with it, I'm also considering using RootShield (OMRI listed) at planting time. Blight is a fear; pruning of lower tomato leaves and drip irrigation are avoidance methods, otherwise letting them die and later successions take their place. Septoria leaf spot on tomatoes was bad last year briefly, but became better when drought stress passed; I plan to treat it as a sign of stress and otherwise ignore it.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
County water.
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 and tree bushes were initially bought from Hidden Springs Nursery, Bottoms Nursery, Isons Nursery, and a local propagator; the things from the first three were unavailable organically and were bareroot; the latter potted bareroot plants in organic potting mix and doesn't use chemicals. Ginger + tumeric from Puna Organics; certified organic seedstock. Sweet potato slips from Sand Hill Preservation Center; certified organic. Garlic from Bobbett's Garlic; CNG. (Hurrah for fellow CNG producers!!) Garlic from Keep It Real Vegetables, friends who abide by organic practices though non-certified (valiantly attempting to encourage CNG on them..) Potatoes from Wood Prairie Farm, cert organic. Onion transplants usually from Windcrest Organic Farm, cert organic (but not the 2018 year)
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
See notes.
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). *
Berry and tree bushes were initially bought from Hidden Springs Nursery, Bottoms Nursery, Isons Nursery, and a local propagator; the things from the first three were unavailable organically and were bareroot; the latter potted bareroot plants in organic potting mix and doesn't use chemicals. Onion transplants: in 2017, I bought certified organic from Windcrest Farms; in 2018 I attempted to get them to custom grow me some, however the day of pickup they realized they never planted mine. After waiting a month for them to have any extras for me, I gave up waiting as my planting window was about to close and ordered Dixondale transplants so I'd have a crop, though not CNG.
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. *
Vegetables are 25+ feet from residential neighbors' solid fence; surrounded by own pasture and berries for 50+ feet on other sides. Berries and trees are 35+ feet from road, across which is residential and a cemetery, 25+ feet from aforementioned neighbor, bordered by own vegetables on one side and own pasture for 100+ feet on the other.

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. *
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