Produce Application

Kettle Creek Acres

Owner: Kevin

Address:
Grovetown, GA

Application Date: 2019-03-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am beginning a small scale growing operation to supply produce to my family and community and am a member of a local organization, Augusta Locally Grown, which has the requirement of becoming Certified Naturally Grown.
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? *
Augusta Locally Grown

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: *
All
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
<1
Fruit Crops:
<1
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
<1
Sugarbush:
0
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: *
Broadfork, Hoe, Garden fork, Shovel
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, red/white clover, vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On premises, local sources
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". *
.5 - 1 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Neighborhood horses...manure is composted
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". *
.5 - 1 inch deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Throughout
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. *
Granite dust, lime, greensand, rock phospate, wood ash, azomite, Longwood Plantation organic fertilizer and planting mix ("Longwood Plantation CompostPlus is a high grade humified bio-dynamic compost; Longwood Plantation also offers an all organic Planting Mix, which is used for raised beds and container gardening. It is comprised of 30-35% of the same fine Longwood Plantation CompostPlus and 55-60% composted bark fines, with some added minerals; Longwood Plantation is an appproved supplier of Perdue AgriRecycle, LLC products. We carry the MicroStart60 3-2-3 OMRI-listed organic fertilizer in 40 lb bags and one ton totes. In addition to the 3-2-3 analysis, the MicroStart60 contains 2% Calcium, 5.4% Humic acid, as well as Sulfur, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, and Iron.") Soil amendments are used 1-2 times a year as needed. The potting mix is combined with some of these ingredients as well as soil from the land to make my own seed starting/potting mix.
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? *
no
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. *
Weeds are mostly grasses that are controlled by buckwheat, heavy mulch, and a stirrup hoe.
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. *
Not sure yet as this is a new property, but in the past I've mostly dealt with pests by growing catch crops like radish and mustard, utilize herb plantings to deter, handpick hornworms, and I've used diatamaceous earth in the past.
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. *
In the past I simply remove the plant that is diseased and do not compost it; I try to focus on soil quality to be more preventative. I've never used a product to control disease and have no such plans.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City water, rain water.
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? *
Longwood Plantation's Southern Native Plantings https://www.southernnativeplantings.com/
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). *
N/A
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. *
There are two adjacent properties that appear to grow trellised muscadines on home use scale. There is no commercial agriculture in the area. There is a 6ft fence on the eastern side of the property between where the muscadines grow and our property; currently we have planted fruit trees on the western side of this fence and intend to continue to plant fruiting trees and bushes. In the future this part of the property will be developed into intensively grown market beds. There is a neighborhood road on the western side of the property which is about 200ft from any growing areas. The north and south areas are bordered by 20-50 ft of woods.

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:
We own a few acres in a neighborhood that has ample space to create a permaculture environment and market gardening venture. We hope to begin by initially offering small amounts of produce and transplants and have begun planting fruit trees for the years to come. We envision a micro-farm in the future with small livestock and bountiful plants. Let us know if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your consideration.