Produce Application

Ladybird Farm, LLC

Owner: Derek Pope

Address:
Hull, GA

evening phone: (770) 298-1811

Application Date: 2018-12-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Ladybird Farm is passionate about producing beautiful and delicious produce in an environmentally sustainable manner. We strive to keep our product as ethical as possible while supporting our immediately local community. We find that CNG is an incredibly accessible and morally sound way to approach this goal.
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? *
Through the Athens Farmers Market

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.2
Fruit Crops:
.3
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
2.5 in woods, house
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: *
While we've only been on this land for three months, our current plan involves discing once to break down organic matter, kill off old crops and weeds, and open the soil deeply with minimal invasion, then do a quick till before planting to allow for a nice clean seedbed. We plan on purchasing a chisel plow for managing the plow line and increasing drainage when our budget allows.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We have a winter rye and hairy vetch mix purchased organically from High Mowing Seeds on about half an acre currently. We plan on using a summer cover, like buckwheat, in some areas in early 2019 as well.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete from certified OG source by former property owner, left to be used by us.
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". *
one tractor bucket (about 150lbs) per 120x4ft bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Next door neighbor chicken farm litter, also left from previous owner.
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". *
one tractor bucket load per bed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
before cover cropping an area--early fall or spring
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. *
We will end up amending our soil in the spring after winter rains with probably a mixture of lime, nitrogen, and micro-nutrients as indicated by our soil tests. The exact ratio or source has not been decided on yet.
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. *
The weed pressure on this farm is INTENSE. We currently only see a lot of dock and chickweed, but while visiting the farm in the summer there was a little bit of everything. We rely on our flame weeder for a lot, using it before transplanting and seeding, then once more before the crop-seeds come up. For long season crops we use landscaping fabric, and we do a lot of manual cultivation with hula-hos.
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 see a lot of cabbage loopers, and have been told of potential issues with cutworms. To mitigate these, we use agribon row cover on absolutely everything we can. This has controlled thus far. We anticipate seeing tomato horn worm, and plan on growing a sweet asylum around our tomatoes to encourage habitat for parasitic wasps. Aphids are also a potential problem. We want to avoid using neem as much as possible, but will if pressure becomes to high.
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 are currently not sure what the disease challenges will be, but can anticipate seeing early or late blight, some fungal issues, and possibly some blossom rot. We will mitigate blight with Serenade or copper spray, and use fish emulsion and/or neem as an anti-fungal if pressure becomes too high.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Farm Well
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Cottle Farms for strawberry transplants
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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). *
Camarosa Strawberries from Cottle Farms Certified Organic
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 field is surrounded by a 9 foot deer fence. There is no roadside spraying in our area. South of us is a residential neighborhood, we are separated by a gravel road and our minimal treeline. Beyond that is a cattle farm. East of the farm is a few acres of wooded lots, sparsely populated. West of the farm are a few acres of undeveloped woods. North of the farm is a chicken farm. We are separated from them by over an acre of woods, an acre of pasture, and a valley.

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:
The property Ladybird Farm is currently on was previously CNG farm, Diamond Hill Farm.