Produce Application

Rainbow Valley Farm

Owner: M Olsen

Address:
1644 Echota Road
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Habersham County

Application Date: 2017-04-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I sell produce at the local Farmer's Market and believe that it would be a good certification to have.
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? *
Local Farmers and the Georgia Organics Conference

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
29
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Various
Fruit Crops:
Various
Hay:
no
Grains/Beans:
Various
Sugarbush:
no
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: *
Tiller and by hand with hoe
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Red Clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Our clippings, animal compost and vegetables from local restaurant
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". *
As required
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Ours. Rabbits and goats
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". *
Do not know...what the animals produce
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
early spring
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. *
Worm compost that we create ourselves
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. *
Many kinds of weeds; no outside products. Many kinds of weeds. I do a lot of hoeing and we use 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. *
Depends on produce; squash bugs, potato bugs. We also pick bugs as we find them and squish them. We do not use any chemical bug sprays for any of our plants. Sometimes, I will make a liquid Castille soap and water spray to help with aphid control but most of the time, I just pull the plants and remove them from the area. No spraying of any kind is done on any of our fruit trees. use a vinegar, fish emulsion solution...mostly keep plants healthy and eliminate any problems as they occur including removing diseased plants.
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. *
For diseases, our goal is to keep healthy plants so we take care of them by enriching the soil, mulching, using worm compost and keeping watering as consistent as possible. We have had some end rot on tomatoes (we did not have last year but had in the past when we had inconsistent rain). When we have issues, we pull the plants and put them in the burn pile. We have had rust on the apple trees. We spent many hours yesterday pruning out as much of the rust that we could remove. Overall, we remove problem plants, branches, etc. and put them in the burn pile.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain barrel system and water from our 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") *
Yes - I use OMRI-listed potting soil that I purchase plus a mix of sand from our creek, worm compost and soil from the garden. I do not buy any transplants any more. I start my own or I start from seed in the garden.
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? *
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. *
We own the land for hundreds of feet surrounding the growing areas. Specifically, for the 50-100 feet in each direction: On Southside, there are apple and fig trees, blackberries and an open field. On the Northside is our driveway and a flower/herb garden. On the Eastside, we have a large rose bush that I use for Rosehip and grapes and blueberries. Beyond that are woods. On the Westside, there are Leeland Cypress a ways away from the garden.

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:
We primarily produce for our family and friends. I sell some of the extras at the farmers market and to a local restaurant.