Produce Application

Paul's Meadow

Owner: Katie Putkowski and Branson Gates

Address:
963 Black Ankle Lane
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Fannin County

daytime phone: (706) 973-1369
evening phone: (706) 973-1369
Web site: http://www.paulsmeadow.com/

Application Date: 2018-09-17

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are applying to be Certified Naturally Grown in order to officially inform our future market and wholesale costumers of our growing practices and standards.
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? *
Originally, the 2015 Georgia Organics Conference

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
4
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.5 acres in production
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1.5 acres in cover
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Applying for our operation that will begin production in 2019.
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:
Applying for our operation that will begin production in 2019.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Traditional tractor methods of tillage including utilizing a rototiller, disk harrow and silage tarp system. Minimal tillage methods are a long term goal once a permanent bed system is established on the farm.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Seasonal cover crops and green manures will be used based on their seasonality. Rye, Oats, Winter Pea, Vetch, Buckwheat, Sun Hemp, Cow Pea, Sorghum Sundangrass
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete
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. around 2 wheelbarrow fulls per 50 ft. bed
Do you use Manure? *
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, feather meal, bone meal, gypsum
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. *
Likely challenges based on farm beginning production in 2019: Common weeds found on property are: chickweed, johnson grass, pigweed and some annual grasses. Our weed management plan is based on the use of several different hand tools, some tractor cultivation, proper timing and the use of silage tarps.
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. *
Likely challenges based on farm beginning production in 2019: Common pests found on the property are numerous and affect several different plant species. Our pest management plan is based on the use of insect netting, realistic planting dates and the use of hedgerows, native plants and predatory insect habitat. As a last resort, use of biological based OMRI approved pesticides that are not broad spectrum. These are DiPel DF (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki), Pyganic (Pyrethrin) and Surround WP (Kaolin Clay)
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. *
Likely challenges based on farm beginning production in 2019: Disease issues found on the property will be typical of those that exist growing in a humid, SE US environment. Downy mildew and late blight type diseases are expected. Our disease management plan is to space our plants appropriately, provide cover from moisture when necessary, provide air flow to transplants and choose crops that are resistant.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We plan to irrigate from a creek. Noontoola Creek, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
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 eastern edge of the property faces national forests land, the southern edge is a forest that is managed by the land owner and is never sprayed (signs instruct county workers "no spray zone"), even at the roadside. The land that sits west of the farm is used to cut hay that is never sprayed and processed by our landowner. North of the property, along with East and West are all at least 500 feet of wooded area before hitting any roads or developments. NorthEast of us there is a horse farm called Cedar Haven Farm which is approximately 1600 feet or .3 miles from us. SouthEast of us, there is a large plot of land that may be used to cut hay and that is about 200 feet from our nearest corner, but across the Noontootla Creek. Directly south of us is another vacant plot of land that is only separated by a few trees and that part of the property has never been in production and has no plans to ever be.

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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
Really looking forward to hearing from ya'll and learning about the process to get our future farm certified through your organization.