Produce & Flowers
R&R Secret FarmOwner: Rita O'Brien
185 N. Homewood Dr
Athens, GA 30606
daytime phone: (706) 201-0234
evening phone: (706) 201-0234
Web site: http://www.rrsecretfarm.com/
Application Date: 2018-04-06
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I'm growing using USDA Organic standards but I don't have certification. I want to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program because I want my customers to know that I take all measures neccessary to sustainably produce high-quality local vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
- 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? *
- Word of mouth from other farms and at the farmers market.
- How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
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:
- .25 flowers & herbs
- 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: *
- Till once per year with BCS tiller & rotary plow, otherwise with broad fork between plantings. We have permanent growing beds and paths.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Purchased complete vegetative compost from Foothills Compost in Gainsville, GA. Also do on farm composting of vegetative debris.
- 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 inches deep
- 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. *
- bone meal blood meal dolomitic lime *applied based on UGA soil test results recommendations
- 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. *
- Grass- method of control: hand weeding and landscape fabric in beds & paths. We don't use products for weed control.
- 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. *
- Since we are so small scale, we do daily monitoring to check for pests before they get out of control. Cabbage worms on brassicas - primary method is to exclude them with row cover until the plants are more established and then we manually squish them and last resort is to spray them with Dipel solution once per week until issue is lessened. Aphids on peppers & brassicas- primary method is to exclude them when the plants are young with the row cover, manually squish them, and last resort is to spray them with Safer soap solution once per week until issue is resolved. Slugs & grasshoppers on lettuce & brassicas- use Sluggo Plus applied once or twice per per year around targeted plantings.
- 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're going to try Actinovate this year and use per instructions for the following issues we've had in the past: Tomato blight & powdery mildew on cucumbers and summer squash- we select resistant varieties- remove the crops when they show signs of blight - the plants are then thrown away (not into the compost).
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Our water source is municipal.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
- 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? *
- Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
- 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. *
- We are surrounded on all sides by residential areas. Our immediate neighbors grow a small garden using organic practices.
- 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:
- Hello! On our farm, I also utilize food safety practices (certified GroupGAP auditor), provide trainings to other farmers/gardeners, work to increase food access to community members by offering flexible payment options, have a pollinator garden, and want to make this small farm financially sustainable for my family.