Produce Application

Liberty Tree Farms

Owner: Elizabeth Popiak

Address:
5026 Bryant Cove Rd.
Evans, GA 30809
Columbia County

daytime phone: (762) 218-2123
evening phone: (762) 218-2123
Web site: http://jfpopia.wixsite.com/website

Application Date: 2019-07-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am applying to be able to sell CNG-certified produce to my local community via the online market "Augusta Locally 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? *
Kim Hines of 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: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.01
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
5
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Vine fruit such as kiwi.
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 and direct-to-consumer

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No-Till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Clover and existing grasses
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Compost created on-site
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". *
2 inches around fruit, nut trees and fruiting shrubs and vines
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Chickens manure freely in the orchard. The farm may acquire a cow next year.
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". *
2 inches around fruit, nut trees and fruiting shrubs and vines
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
It is naturally applied; it is not collected from the barnyard
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. *
None
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. *
Thistles are cut down by machete. Cover crops will be rolled or crimped in the future. This is a no-till farm.
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. *
I have installed multiple bird boxes and bat boxes on the farm and the number of birds have exploded. I do have some Japanese beetle issues and i have seen a few horn-worms but the birds get them before I can.
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. *
Fungal infections of my fruit trees. My extension agent recommended pruning the affected limbs and burning the wood.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Limited irrigation in the vegetable garden from municipal water. I have installed a robust rainwater catchment system for 300 gallons which will be routed to plants once a pump is installed. Fruit trees are not irrigated at this time.
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. *
There is no neighboring agricultural land. This farm is a suburban farm in a development where the lots are 5+ ac/each. The crops are separated by the neighborhood behind us by at least 500m of wooded area. The growing area is separated from the private cul-de-sac road (only road in the neighborhood) by at least 500m.

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: