Produce Application

Bankston Family Farm

Owner: Jason Bankston

Address:
645 Thurman Rd
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Henry County

daytime phone: (404) 538-9317
Web site: http://www.bankstonfamilyfarm.com

Application Date: 2019-03-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We hope that the CNG label will help to communicate what we value in our production methods, and help us get access to better farmer's markets.
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? *
Farmer friend

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
2.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
.1
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
We have 25 layer chickens.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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: *
Disc harrow, roto tiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Soybeans, cowpeas, buckwheat, sunnhemp, turnip, diakon radish, crimson 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". *
none available yet
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. *
Lime, Feathermeal (NOP approved), Rock Phosphate (OMRI), Potassium Sulfate (OMRI), Azomite trace mineral suppliment (OMRI), Boron (OMRI), Ida-Gro Pellitized Gypsum (OMRI), Zinc Sulfate (OMRI), Copper Sulfate (OMRI). All suppliments except lime were purchased from 7springsfarm in VA. Mineral suppliments are applied annually at the beginning of the season according to the results of a January soil test.
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. *
Various pasture grasses, dandelions, horse nettle. We keep most of the garden under plastic mulch. We are testing a new compostable plastic that is made from cornstarch this year. We are also trying "solar occultation" for the first time this year with our carrots and other root crops. Beyond this, hand cultivation...we do not use any chemical weed controls.
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. *
Our primary adversaries have been cabbage worms, and mexican bean beetles in the past. On almost all of our brassica crops we use floating row covers. If evidence of cabbage worms is found, we treat with Dipel DF according to the label. For the bean beetles we will try to get control with diatomacious earth once they have been spotted, but will resort to a pyrethrin spray if needed.
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. *
Various blights of our tomatoes have been an issue in the past. We don't treat them as a problem to be solved, but one to try and postpone as far into the season as possible. To limit the progress of the blight we trellis our tomatoes on an overhead wire, and prune very aggressively so as to encourage as much air flow as possible. We also only irrigate tomatoes with drip line.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water source.
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. *
Our garden is part of a larger property (approx 137 acres) and is located near the center of it. It is at least 1,000 feet in any direction to any neighbors, and more in most directions. The remainder of the property is rented to another farmer who raises grass fed beef. He has no interest in any certifications, but does not apply anything to the pastures.

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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