Produce Application

Buffalo Creek Berry Farm

Owner: Laura Pallas

Address:
810 Stevens Grove Church Rd
Lexington, GA 30648
Oglethorpe County

daytime phone: (706) 612-3189
evening phone: (706) 612-3189
Web site: http://www.bcberryfarmga.com/

Application Date: 2018-11-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our aim is to grow produce using a combination of bio-dynamic and regenerative agricultural practices and be able to differentiate our produce in the market place by being recognized as CNG producers. We intend to attend farmers markets as part of our business model and have been advised that being certified naturally grown would help with our application and inclusion in to a farmers market.
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 heard about CNG by talking to growers at farmers market and through mentorship by certified organic growers. We were practicing Demeter Biodynamic methods on a family pomegranate farm in Australia prior to moving to GA USA in Oct 2017.

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: *
23
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? *
5
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
Blueberries & Blackberries, these are in transition toward CNG / chemical & conventional fertilizer free.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.5
Fruit Crops:
7
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
cover crops and grass
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: *
Chisel plough Disc
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Cool Season: Cereal Rye, Austrian Winter Peas, Red Clover, White Clover Warm Season: Buckwheat, Sun Hemp, Cow Peas, White Clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We are planning to make compost using a method developed by Dr David Johnson and his wife's Johnson Su Compost Bio-reactor. Components will be 30-50% aged chicken manure and 50-70% wood chip from either landscape supply or power line tree clearing crews from local areas.
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". *
Extracts and compost teas of 10 lbs per acre. Seed coating 1lb/ 25lbs seed. Half cup per strawberry at planting.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
12 month aged chicken manure from neighboring farmer. Possibility to access aged or fresh cow manure from a local organic dairy.
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 tons per acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
August - late
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. *
Previously used Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) products. AEA SOIL BIOLOGICAL AMMENDMENTS, 1-3 apps in the Fall Spectrum, BioCoat Gold: powdered bacteria, endomycorrhizal fungi Rejuvenate: molasses, seaweed SeaShield: fish, crab sea water Planter Solution: rock phosphate, leonardite, boric acid, cobalt, copper, manganese sulfates. citric acid, Na Molybdate, kelp, molasses, Mn Chloride, xanthum gum, yucca AEA Foliar Ammendments 1-3 apps post harvest Fall: Disodium octoborate, cobalt sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Cu sulfate, Mn Sulfate, Na Molybdate + molasses and fulvic acid Will not further use any products with micro-nutrients without the documented deficiency from soil tests.
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. *
Bermuda Grass and Crab Grass. Hand weeding / hand tool weeding Plastic mulch with strawberries and some garlic Weed eating
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. *
Stink Bug and Caterpillar, Fire Ants. Spinosad
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. *
Root Rot in blueberries and blackberries: 1) Irrigation management, not over irrigating. 2) Maintain and Improve Drainage design 3) Addition of bacterial and fungal communities and bacterial and fungal foods to improve beneficial soil microbe communities to improve soil tilth and water penetration, nutrient cycling and intended crop plant health 4) Supplement with foliar Iron and trace elements to improve photosynthetic process of plant to improve root exudates to feed beneficial soil microbes which will then help return nutrient to the crop 5) Make and perfect our own compost to apply a) as extracts, b) compost teas) c) directly to plants 6) Cover crop with disease suppressive species eg oats, rye, peas, clovers, mustards, radishes, buckwheat
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water, UGA tested
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Sourced via local certified organic growers
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Certificate supplied
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
Nil.
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, buffered by forest, roadside and 100 feet of our land East, buffered by 500 yards of chemical free pasture and 200 yards of our land South, buffered by 500 yards of chemical free pasture and 500 yards of our land West, buffered by 500 yards of chemical free pasture and 200 yards of our land

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:
Annual crops including strawberries, sweet potatoes and garlic have been grown in such a way that they are eligible for full certification from CNG. Raspberries are being grown under transitional status.