Produce Application

Soul Miner's Eden

Owner: Bennett Hall

Address:
189 Luke Road
Bogart, GA 30622
Oconee County

daytime phone: (706) 363-3350

Application Date: 2018-10-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We grow produce year-round in a diverse and dynamic system that is all natural. From our greenhouses to our market garden, we believe in sustainable farming practices and we use them daily. We would like to be certified naturally grown because we do not use any synthetic fertilizers or harmful chemicals.
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? *
We are growers for Athens locally grown co-op and they mentioned it to us and our contact at Fresh Market recommend we get certified.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
65
Number of above acreage that you own: *
65
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
63
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: *
Tractor and Tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Vetch and clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm
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". *
1-2 inches deep
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. *
We plan to only use Southland Organics all natural products - namely the JumpStart Soil Conditioner, which is certified for organic use by WSDA. Also use Chilean nitrate (which accounts for less than 20% of crop's total N) and buffer with humates to combat sodium build up. Use Fish Hydrolosate as primary amendment.
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 natural oils (mint oil, clove oil and cottonseed oil) but mostly mechanical removal and torches.
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. *
We are mostly a lettuce farm and harvest each week with predominate airflow so insect challenges have not been great so far. We will use BT.
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. *
Soil born fungal diseases- we will be mindful to aerate Jumpstart soil condition Nematoda pressure- We are big on using beneficial insects and alternative crops such as Marigolds. We also plant tons of dill and let it bolt. In our area that brings tens of thousands of parasitic wasps that really keep the other pests down. Blossom end rot- Calcium supplementation (Calcean)
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well 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. *
North - 150 yard barrier from the garden to the road. Our greenhouse is also in between the two. The land across the street does not farm. The land has a large easement that is regularly mowed and not treated by the easement company. South - it is heavily wooded for 730 feet until the nearest house (my house). On the other side of our house is a pond then roughly .25 miles til the nearest road. East - 950 feet of heavily wooded area with a creek until the road. Residential areas around the road. West - 975 feet to the property line. Our warehouse / office is in between. The neighboring property is a 15 acre residence of older neighbors. The house sits 250 feet inside the property. They mow but do not apply chemicals as far as we know. Since they are elderly we assist with their property on occasion.

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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