Quiet Acres Sustainable FarmOwner: Brandon Williams
84 Mountain Rd NW
Rome, GA 30165
5 Lynn Haven Dr.
Rome, GA 30165
daytime phone: (706) 512-2855
evening phone: (706) 512-2855
Application Date: 2018-03-01
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I believe in growing in a manner that is not only safe for the environment but for humans as well. Certified Naturally Grown gives the young farmer, like myself, the opportunity of becoming certified when starting out. The farmers that are alrealdy certified in my area are a great resource and network as I begin my farm.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- I heard about the program from other Certified Naturally Grown farmers.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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: *
- I used a tractor to prepare the ground for the first cover crop on the land to remove debris and rocks. I use a BSC tiller for seed bed preparation. I do not plan to use a tractor after the seed beds have been prepared.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Winter Rye, Peas, Buckwheat, Oats
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- purchased from Foothills Compost
- 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". *
- 1/4" when beds are prepped
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- Symphony Organic Fertilizer (5-4-3) [derived from poultry manure] applied to beds before planting, Feather Meal (13-0-0) applied at the beginning of the season to the beds , Potassium sulfate granular (mined, OMRI) applied once at the beginning of the growing season, SEA 90 (trace minerals) applied to beds at the beginning of the growing season. I mix my own potting mix from coconut coir, symphony organic fertilizer with calcium, vermiculite, certified organic compost from Coast of Maine. I plan to use worm casting in future mixes.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- My primary weed problems will likely be nutsedge, henbit, perennial grasses, and broad leaf weeds. I plan to use landscape fabric and shallow tillage to manage them. I also will be pulling them manually.
- 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. *
- My primary insect challenges will most likely be aphids, army worms, tomato horn worm, squash bore, squash bug, cucumber beetle, yellow margin beetle, flea beetle and leaf beetle. I plan to use physical barriers (row cover) to control some of the insects. I will also use organic insecticides: BT Dipel DF and PyGanic EC 1.4%. These products will be used only when the insect threshold is too high. I will also plant cover crops that attract beneficial insects.
- 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. *
- My primary disease challenges will most likely be powdery mildew, downy mildew, blossom end rot, bacterial wilt. Since some of these diseases are moisture related, I plan to utilize a high tunnel as a cover for certain crops. I also plan to use drip irrigation. I am selecting varieties of plants that tend to be resistant to some of the diseases.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- I haven't decided on the source I will use for irrigation. I have access to Lavendar Creek and access to municipal water.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- The farm is triangular in shape. It is bordered on one side by a limited-use road (minimal car traffic - just for 5-6 residential houses) followed by a forested mountain. I do not believe any spraying or mowing is done by the county to maintain the road. (I maintain the property around the farm.) One side is bordered by a residential yard. The remaining side is bordered by a field that is used for hay.
- 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: