Produce Application

Posley's Produce

Owner: William & Deloris Posley

Address:
1731 Fenwick St.
P. O. Box 2871
Augusta, GA 30904
Richmond County

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 2871
Augusta, GA 30914

daytime phone: (706) 738-4337
evening phone: (706) 830-8205

Application Date: 2017-06-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I would love to sell Healthy Organically Grown Produce at the local market during the market seasons.
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? *
The information was shared by a close friend who works at a local market here in Augusta, Georgia. After my inquiry about sell Produce from my garden I was directed to, hopefully, the right people to mentor my husband and I along with beginning the process of getting established.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Approx. 25/15 sq. ft.
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Zero
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Zero
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Herbs, parsleys, sage, mints, basil, rosemary) ( collards, mustards, lettuces, etc)
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
Yes, not sure which ones
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: *
About 3 years ago we cleared off a small portion of basically grassy land using hand tools such as mowers, shovels, rakes, hoes,etc. we started small. we started to acquire Raised Beds and this year added a few more. So we use ground, small portion but majority raised bedding.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
We use a specific soil from Bricko Farms that was suggested/recommended by our friends who assisted us with the raised beds. We received VERIFICATION that the soil which is called Nursery Soil is in totality, organic materials and no synthetic materials or nutrients in the Soil.
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? *
no
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. *
Before the raised beds, again we used hand tools such as hoes to remove some weeds, other complicated or delicate areas, we used hand-in-glove method. Our best defense was trying to stay ahead of the weeds and not let them take over. With the raised beds there is minimal grass and we try to pull up and discard as we see.
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. *
So far our biggest challenge is with, what we call little white gnats and would basically shake the bush or fan them off. A friend suggested Neem oil from Lowes which we are planning on investing in. Worms we try to watch for them. We also look for changes in the leaves' shapes for possible insect egg clusters and we've clipped certain leaves before they move or spread to others. We've also moved the plants if we thought they were in an at-risk area (I.e. Close to wooded area...move the back one or two rows). Being small has its advantages, but it is still hard work trying to say CLEAN). Once we used use spray bottle with vinegar, but it seem a little harsh on the leaves so we stopped.
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. *
The Squash bug was our greatest challenge, I guess. Our squash ruled their portion of the ground with big beautiful vines, buds and flowers and all of a sudden it started to die. We didn't know the problem until we checked near the root base and saw like a rottening. We opened the stem and found the vine borer family. We destroyed the whole thing, killed, bagged it and hauled it off. We haven't used that spot for anything. We we still a little green and learning by trial and error. Again that was another reason for the raised bedding. At that time we didn't know what to use or what not to use. Now we have a Co-op of friends who are veteran farmers and we're still working o perfecting measures of safe growing.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use City water (hose/sprinklers) and we now have a rain barrel.
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? *
Health Food stores, local farmers' markets, and nurseries and some grocery stores.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Look for organically grown label, basically.
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). *
In 2017 - early planted Herbs like the parsleys, sages, chives, thyme. For next season, the search is on for only Organics
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. *
Our garden is fenced in on all sides. Neighbors don't use synthetics in keeping the lawn. the closet garden or farm area is a local organically grown and managed farm with compost barrels, rain barrels, etc. It about 300 yards away. We are both inward city. I know of no other in city. Bricko Farms is about 13 miles from us.

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: