Produce Application

Garden at Broughton

Owner: Brad Kelly

Address:
2411 Broughton Rd.
Newborn, GA 30056
Morgan County

daytime phone: (706) 318-4060

Application Date: 2017-03-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have managed our farm following organic guidelines for the past 3 years. We started growing produce to give to our employees at our company in Covington, GA. We are still doing that, but are also selling to our retail store, Farmview Market, in Madison, GA. The organic certification is a bit much for us at this time, but I would love to be able to let consumers know that we use the same or similar practices.
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 heard about the program by word of mouth. I also know a few farmers that are Certified Naturally Grown.

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: *
6
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
5
Fruit Crops:
1
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: *
We try to practice minimal tillage when possible. We use a tractor and various tillage implements: chisel plow, harrow, tiller box, bed-shaper/plastic layer.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We always cover crop in the fall/winter. We generally use some sort of cereal rye/crimson clover mix. When time and resources allow we cover crop other times in the year as well. In the last three years I have also cover cropped with buckwheat, sunhemp, sudangrass, oats and radishes.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased. One source was strictly vegetable and plant matter. Another source combined poultry litter with wood chips and plant matter.
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 ton per acre (when used)
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
I had poultry litter spread one time in the past three years.
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 tons per acre.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
It was applied in the fall/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. *
I have used lime, blood meal, feather meal, bone meal, green sand, humates, rock phosphate, Organic Gem fish emulsion, and Nature Safe (10-2-8) organic certified fertilizer.
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. *
Problematic weeds are: henbit, amaranth, johnson grass, curly dock, coffee weed. Primary methods of control are hand weeding, mechanical cultivation, straw mulch, and plastic mulch.
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. *
Primary insect pests are: squash bugs, cucumber beetles, aphids and cabbage loopers. We try to manage using preventive methods such as keeping fields clean and free of plant debris where insects might overwinter as well as keeping our plants as healthy as possible. When needed our primary insecticides are Pyganic and Monterey Lawn and Garden (spinosad is the active). Also Dipel and Grandevo.
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. *
We do not have a lot of disease issues, but have encountered blossom end rot, late blight, tomato spotted wilt virus. Proper fertility and sanitation are our main methods of control. We have using the fungicide, Regalia, with moderate success.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use two on farm wells.
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? *
New Sprout Farms--seed potatoes Blueberries--local 4H organization Strawberries--local sources
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes (seed potatoes)
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). *
Blueberries and Strawberries
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. *
There is a small dairy to the west of where we are growing. The pastures are not sprayed currently other than spot spraying with a backpack sprayer on occasion. There is a row of trees at the front of the property, then a road and across the road is a field where hay is grown on occasion. This field might be sprayed once every few years if that. The row of trees on our property would act as a buffer. The back of the property is heavily wooded. To the east is partial pasture that is not sprayed.

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: