Produce & Flowers

Poco A Poco Farm

Owner: Susan Cordell

3030 Pierce Rd
Gainesville, GA 30507
Hall County

daytime phone: (404) 625-9001

Application Date: 2018-07-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe in growing all plants organically for the health of people as well as the health of the soil. I plan to provide medicinal herbs to clients and others, so what I grow needs to reflect my ideals. I want to support CNG by joining; it's important to me that people are aware of the options growers have, and I want them to know more about the growing methods used at our farm. This is a great alternative to working through the government's Organic certification, I think.
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? *
Going to local farmer's markets and seeing the CNG signs, asking the farmers about this.
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:
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:
Online presence coming in the future

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No till, we use a broadfork
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
some purchased, some from our farm from kitchen scraps, leaf litter, decomposing trees in the woods, and dried grasses from the garden area, decomposed wood chips
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 inch deep, or when transplanting two handfuls per plant
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. *
Lime for pH after testing In the greenhouse for starting plants, fish emulsion and worm castings are used Soil testing revealed low potassium and phosphorus, so we have added sunflower hull ash, greensand and rock phosphate and bone meal and have applied it twice just to the growing area in the past year. We use Harmony, a composted chicken manure when planting and for heavy feeders side dress plants as needed.
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. *
worst "weed"is crabgrass, and we use the broadfork to remove from garden area. All plants considered weeds are pulled out by hand. To prevent weeds we use a lot of cardboard with wood chips to about 3"layer on top, which minimizes having to weed. We use plain brown cardboard, sometimes several layers of not printed newsprint is used, but it's not as effective. Have not used any products on weeds.
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. *
Squash bugs, japanese beetles and various worms. I have only sprayed bt for the worm issue maybe twice a season. If I spray with soap, I do use Dr Bronners and a little neem oil. I have added a dried hot pepper in the bottle, but not sure that’s very helpful. Usually for the japanese beetles, I pick them off and drown them in a quart of soapy water. We are still a very small operation!
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. *
I have only experienced disease issues with tomatoes having some blight or early blight perhaps. Any diseased plants are pulled and taken to the burn pile. The herbs I am growing do not seem to have issues with disease, with the exception of the calendula, which I think may be helped next growing season by relocating it to a shadier area so it's not as stressed, and providing better soil for it.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Currently we use well water. Next winter we plan set up rain barrels to help with irrigation on 3 buildings.
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 have no neighbors who grow crops, and we are bordered by acres of woods. Our garden is over 2/10 of a mile from the road.


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: