Cosmos FarmOwner: John Davis
204 Bagwell Rd
Carrollton, GA 30117
daytime phone: 404-805-889
Web site: http://www.cosmosorganics.com
Application Date: 2019-02-20
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I've been growing produce, flowers, herbs, fruit and mushrooms organically for almost ten years. I had been thinking about getting certified organic but in really looking into and starting to maintain all the records, I've found it to be way too cumbersome and expensive for a farm my size. I also think one's growing reputation by peers is more important than certification, which seems to be more in line with CNG. I want my customers to know that I grow organically/honestly but don't see the need or benefit of going through the organic certification process.
- 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? *
- I heard about it through other farmers when I first started.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- 5.5 acres
- 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:
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- I use a disc plow to plow, and a rotary tiller to make beds.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Organic crimson clover, organic red clover, organic buckwheat, sunflowers, organic sorghum sudan grass, and organic winter wheat.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- I buy in bulk from a local compost maker called Natural Growth.
- 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 ton per acre
- 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. *
- I use vermiculite, perlite, peat moss, azomite, lime, Harmony Ag Organic Fertilizer (5-4-3) (this contains: composted layer manure) to make our greenhouse seeding mixes. I use Epsoma Organic Plant-tone, Organic Garden-tone, and Organic Tomato-tone fertilizers most times we make a bed to plant into. (these contain: feather meal, bone meal, alfalfa meal, poultry manure, greensand, sulfate of potash, sulfate of potash magnesia, and gypsum.)
- 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 have bad pigweed, amaranth, crab grass, and other various grass weeds. We do all weeding by hoeing and handweeding. I'm thinking about trying out landscape fabric as a preventative mulch for certain crops this year.
- 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. *
- The only product I use is Azera. We use this usually less than five times per year, only if we are going to lose a crop and at very specific targeted areas. We have a very healthy ladybug population that handles aphids, but use azera if the cross-striped cabbage worm is about to destroy a crop or in one previous year, squash bugs almost took out all summer squash and one variety of winter squash. We use trap crops like sunflowers to deter leaf footed bugs from tomatoes. We also hand pick off all green cabbage worms and sometimes hand squish aphids and squash bugs.
- 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 have the typical tomato blights, and a little black rot on some brassicas. We pull tomato plants at end of season and rotate all crops regularly to try to prevent disease. We don't use any sprays to address disease.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We only use well water from a well I have on the property.
- 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? *
- 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. *
- There are no conventional crops grown near me. To the North, South and East I am surrounded by woods that are untouched. To the West, there is a residential road. Between the fields and the road is about 600 feet of fallow pasture.
- 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've been growing organically for eight years, and on this property for four years using organic seed, rotating crops, hand-killing pests when possible, using cover crops and trap crops. Keeping the land and soil healthy on our farm is very important to us so that we can be a positive force in our community and produce clean and healthy crops. Thanks