Produce Application

Wildcraft Flowers

Owner: Carroll Candler

Address:
8031 Highway 54
Sharpsburg, GA 30277
Coweta County

daytime phone: (678) 675-6955
evening phone: (678) 675-6955
Web site: http://www.wildcraftflowers.com

Application Date: 2018-03-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We already grow according to CNG standards and would like to have the added certification for marketing reasons and also to be able to attend farmer's markets that require it.
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? *
From Mike and Judy Cunningham at Country Gardens Farm in Sharpsburg, GA

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1 acre
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1 acre in flowers
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:
Florists and flower shops

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
PTO tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, rye, clover, legumes (peas and vetch)
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm made from wood mulch
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". *
use on perennials 2-4 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
horse farm, composted manure only and is minimum 10 years old.
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". *
4-6 inches added and mixed into soil
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
lime, Perdue Microstart fertilizer 60 (OMRI listed, processed poultry manure)
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. *
We use landscape fabric to control the bulk of the weeds in grown areas. Any weeds coming up through holes are pulled by hand. Hand-weeding and hand hoes are used in perennial beds. Bushhog and brushblade used for woody weeds around property.
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. *
Thrips are the biggest issue, followed by Leaf-footed bugs, Green Stink bugs, Spotted Cucumber Beetles, Japanese Beetles, and Aphids. Dahlias are the most susceptible to petal damage and are sprayed weekly with Spinosad in the morning before pollinators are out. Pyrethin is used as needed for an especially bad infestation on Dahlias. Other crops are sprayed only as needed if infestation occurs with Spinosad as first option, Pyrethrin next. Occasional use of B.T. for caterpillars. We only use OMRI listed insecticides and are used only during the least active time of day for pollinators.
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. *
Powdery mildew on zinnias is controlled by removal of diseased crops and planting of several successions. Bulbs are soaked and dusted with cinnamon or soaked in Dr. Earth Final Stop fungicide (essential oil blend, OMRI listed) before planting to reduce chance of rot.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
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") *
N/A Potting mix: We purchase potting soil. It is the Nature's Care- Organic and Natural Potting mix. It contains sphagnum peat moss, processed forest products, coir, perlite, organic fertilizer, yucca, alfalfa meal, bone meal, worm castings, and kelp. Note: isianthus seeds are only available as pelleted, but they are not chemically treated.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Farmer Bailey - only colibri iceland poppy. We normally start our own seeds, but had a serious propagation failure this year and had to order in plugs last minute.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
I have confirmed that they use synthetic fertilizers and wetting agents
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). *
Colibri Iceland Poppy -- we understand these cannot be marketed as CNG. At market, we will use a CNG sticker on the paper sleeve of certified flowers. We will also note on the price list, CNG next to certified flowers. For our wholesale sales, the availability list will say CNG next to certified flowers.
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 are in a residential area, so no conventional farming happening. We are on road, but they mow and do not spray in front of our property. Road on one side. Family owned land on 2 sides and they do not use chemical sprays. . The third side has been a horse farm, but will be also be purchased by family on March 18th. I have checked with the owner of the horse farm and her last application of fertilizer and weed-killer to her pasture was approximately 2.5 years ago and will not be applied again. Main growing areas are approximately 15-20 feet from the north neighboring parcel (which is an open grassland). Main growing areas to the east neighboring parcel (which is wooded) is about 450 feet. Main growing areas to the south side neighboring property (horse farm) is about 160 feet. Main growing areas to road is about 120 feet. Perennial plant growing area is in the south-west corner about 40 feet from road and about 40 feet from horse farm.

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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