Produce Application

Goat & Thistle Farm

Owner: Brett Bailey

Address:
250 Clarence Clanton Rd
Nashville, GA 31639
Berrien County

daytime phone: (229) 740-9074
evening phone: (229) 740-9074
Web site: http://www.goatandthistle.com

Application Date: 2019-09-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
As a farmer my top priority is caring for my land and producing healthy food in a sustainable way. My goal is to sell both fresh and value-added products through our business Goat & Thistle LLC. I know the CNG label will help connect more people to our products. In addition I participate in the Waygreen Local Fare Market in Waycross, GA and want to support their goal of becoming a CNG certified market as well.
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? *
Georgia Organics conference and other farmers.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
currently < 1 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
12.5 acres (5 acres field)
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 acre
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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:
Goat & Thistle LLC

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Starting no-till following creation of raised beds with rotary plow.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Currently mixes. Warm: cowpea, buckwheat, pearl millet, sorghum-sudangrass Cool: Oat, rye, crimson clover, austrian pea
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Some worm castings, hope to start on farm production soon.
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 5 gallon buckets per 250 sq. ft (row)
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. *
Primary N source: feather meal. Following testing & soil consultation applying OMRI certified from 7springsfarm.com: Copper sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Sulfate, Ulexite (Boron)
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. *
Control of weeds is initially performed through occultation prior to planting. Following planting, weeds are managed manually and sometimes with farm-sourced pine straw as a mulch.
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. *
Current pest control has been limited to row cover of brassicas and diatomaceous earth. I plan to explore catch crops and release of beneficial insects.
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. *
Crop rotation is the primary to.ol used to prevent disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I have an 80 foot well for irrigation.
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

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? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
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? *
yes
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Banner Greenhouses
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
certified organic
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). *
none
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. *
I have pine forest around 80% of field and closest non-forested neighbor is > 1000 feet from cultivated area. Conventionally cultivated land is significantly farther.

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: