Dunk Hill FarmOwner: Chad Butler
727 Dunk Hill Rd
Tignall, GA 30668
daytime phone: (706) 285-1994
evening phone: (706) 285-1994
Web site: http://butler.farm
Application Date: 2019-01-16
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We have always believed in organic and natural methods. We are starting a new farm with the intention to sell retail (farmers market), and therefore want to be certified.
- 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? *
- Several places - other local growers, the Athens Land Trust, Southern SARE representative, and the two farmers markets we are hoping to be accepted to.
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:
- Augusta Locally Grown (https://augusta.locallygrown.net)
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Rototiller, looking to switch to power harrow
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm when available.
- 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 per bed, if available
- 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. *
- Currently none. Land has been fallow for several years, soil tests showed reasonable pH and no need for current amendments.
- 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. *
- We do have a grass problem as the growing area was part of a pasture area. Our primary approach is to till initially (trying to reduce the need for this), then apply a occultation cover (black plastic) while weeds germinate. Once weed seeds germinate in the new bed and are killed by the cover, cover is removed and the bed is ready to plant. Then we make sure we hand weed to stay on top of any issues.
- 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 have not had any issues currently (as we are new to the land here and have not had a full growing season). We did not have any issues in the fall, although there seems to be a fire ant problem. We have tried to stay on top of the fire ants manually by mound removal (digging) and also just pouring boiling water on the mounds and that has worked so far. We are seeking information on citrus oil based approaches (i.e. DIY mix containing citrus concentrate to spray. Supposedly this softens their shell and they die). We need information on oil source, however, before considering this method.
- 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 new to the South, having moved from Illinois. We have not had any disease challenges with our current growing (starting in Fall 2018). We understand that we will likely have challenges in the future, given the amount of humidity in the summer, and are seeking out information from local peers (other CNG farms, Athens Land Trust, Southern SARE) for information on "what" to expect and "how" to approach it.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Well water and rain water catchment. Our well water was tested by the USDA Extension and it is the same that we use for drinking.
- 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? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Potentially Banner Greenhouses. Currently seeking other local sources for organic suppliers.
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- Do not currently have any transplants, and none that we will buy would be non-CNG standards. We would only accept certified organic transplants IF purchased - otherwise we'll be growing our own starts.
- 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. *
- The closest farms are over a mile away, with most of the land surrounding our property consisting of forest. We have significant stands of trees bordering most of the property, while behind the trees on the east and west are fallow pasture field. That's basically the borders of our 20 acre property, which is mostly pasture. Our produce growing area is in the middle of our property, so it is buffered by pasture we maintain, and then tree stands at the property border.
- 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:
- We recently moved from Illinois to Georgia - so the change in climate and growing seasons is a big challenge for us, as is unknown issues of disease and pest control as noted in our application. In Illinois, we were a very small (sub-acre) grower and our market did not require us to be certified. So because of our small size and the fact that we had to rent land, we opted not to pursue certification. But we still followed strict practices. We tried to avoid mechanization as much as possible, as well as doing many things by hand (such as the pest control method of just picking beetles out of the green beans by hand). Now that we have a permanent space, we are fully committed to certification. We will approach things the same way as before - manual as much as possible, pesticide free, non-GMO - but now in a more formal manner. So while we are new to growing in our current climate (with a new learning curve of unknowns), we are not new to growing altogether.