Produce Application

Renaissance Gardens Incorporated

Owner: Tyler Reed

Address:
5000 Bryant Dr
Snellville, GA 30039
Rockdale County

daytime phone: (678) 748-5759
Web site: http://www.rengardens.org

Application Date: 2018-06-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our organization's philosophy is to bring healthy and locally grown produce through traditional/"Back to Eden" farming techniques and to utilize our profits in support of non-profit organizations provide assistance to members in our community who are homeless and food insecure. We practice hand cultivation and apply various techniques to attract and maintain beneficial insects. With the exception of highly diluted solution of hand soap and water to clean hands between infected plants, we do not use any chemicals (insecticides, herbicides, etc.), and we use compost sparingly to amend the soil.
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? *
Internet research into organic certification.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
9
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
This property historically served as a horse ranch. We recently purchased this property in November, 2017 and have worked hard to convert it to an horticulture operation. We have nine acres that we allow our neighbors to graze their horses (in select pastures away from the current farming operation) - these acres are full of clover and various grasses (and some weeds).
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.35
Fruit Crops:
.65
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Indoor micro green operation
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Use of turning plow January/February followed by disc harrow tilling a week to two weeks prior to forming raised beds and planting.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
clover and we may experiment with barley
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
This year we purchased our compost and we are currently in the process of modifying our composting system in preparation for next season and for our operations.
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". *
two to three inches on alternating beds (we have excellent virgin soil and we are finding not much difference in production between amended and original soil). Each bed is eight to ten inches deep, approximately twelve inches wide, 120 ft. long
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
aged horse manure from previous owner (actually written into purchase contract) and from our neighbor's horses (which we store separately from the aged manure)
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". *
will include as part of our compost, none at this time
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
will apply two weeks after initial planting and then mid-season
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. *
none
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. *
A multiplicity of weeds plague our fields, however we control the problem through hand cultivation using several types of hoes. We cultivate roughly a three foot area from side to side of the bed with the plant at center (so approximately 1.5 feet to either side of the plant) for the length of the bed. We cover the field with wood chips - we do not cultivate the center of the isle (spanning 2.5 - 3 feet) - we mow this area. We cultivate on a weekly schedule and as needed.
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. *
Aphids, squash beetles, and squash vine borers have been our greatest challenge. We spend two to four hours per day working the plants, specifically tomato, squash, and cucumber. We do not spray our plants. We mix an half teaspoon of neem oil and a drop of liquid hand soap in a gallon of water - this is used to wash hands between plants and act as a lubricant when handling the plants. We inspect each plant and we hand remove the negative insects and any eggs they may have left. We drown them in a separate soap solution and then dump the contents into an agriculture waste pile far removed from the planting field. We also have introduced lady beetles and have been fortunate to have an array of already existing beneficial insects such as hornets (which do a great job on caterpillars and hornworms).
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 have not encountered any diseases to date and we are not sure what to anticipate in the form of diseases, mold, etc. Our field has a gentle slope that provides good drainage and sits in an open area with plenty of wind and a southern exposure. We work with an UGA Extension Master Gardener who has provided much mentoring in our startup and continues to assist us when questions arise. We are slowly putting together strategies that we will employ to mitigate the more prominent diseases that would affect our various crops.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We utilize well water from our property. It has been tested by the UGA Extension office in Conyers and there are no issues with our water.
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
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. *
The majority of the total property is buffered by trees and a thickly wooded area to the east and north east of the property. Our .35 acre crop field sits on the southeast portion of the property and is located at least 250 feet from our closest neighbor's property line. In this area, there is a narrow row of trees that run east to west, and from south to north is open field in which we plan to plant sunflower plants as a buffer crop to attract negative insects. The field is approximately 1,000 feet away from the closes road.

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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