Produce Application

Ivy Rose Farm

Owner: Laura Labovitz

Address:
Clermont, GA

Web site: http://www.ivyrosefarm.com

Application Date: 2019-11-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a completely natural farm - using organic and natural methods and products, and we are proud of it. Being certified with CNG brings with it a level of trust for our customers. We are passionate about spreading knowledge of natural and organic farming, and are able to do so through our farming.
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? *
Years ago from Joern and Annie Seigies of Bramberi Farm, when we first moved to GA.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
20
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
None, I own
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/3 acre
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
19 acres
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:
Northeast Georgia Locally Grown

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use the no-till method primarily. For our hay pasture, the only thing we have done is aerate in the past. We do broadcast seed when we do seed the pasture.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We use cover crops more in our garden then in the pastures. But we do have clover and have in the past planted crops like oats, peas, crimson clover, etc.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
When purchased we use McEnroe. We used to buy in bulk from a local source, but they are no longer available. We also use our on farm compost.
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". *
10 or so wheelbarrows/spreader loads per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We graze horses on the pasture during the winter, and our goats are rotational too, so we use a drag to spread and break down the manure. Our compost is made up of goat manure and hay from our fields, plus occasional horse and chicken manure as well, also compost from plants grown on the 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". *
10 wheelbarrows/spreader per acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Winter/Spring
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. *
Haven't really had a need, but would buy certified organic if needed.
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. *
We use our different animals to do rotational grazing. We bush hog at different times of the year to keep them from getting too tall. We have overgrazed some of our pastures on purpose to help with the johnson grass. We don't intend to ever spray. We use our hay almost entirely for our goats and horses, and so far there hasn't been an issue with the weeds. We do try to go and hand pull as much as the toxic and invasive plants as we can. We will also be planting more seed each 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. *
In terms of our hay and pastures, we haven't yet dealt with any pest problems.
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 not had to deal with any disease challenges yet in our pasture/hay fields.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Primary source is rain or hose water from well. In the past during drought we used pump from our spring fed pond to water hay and pasture.
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? *
Other CNG sellers or certified organic
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Only buy from reputable certified sources.
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. *
My property is surrounded on three sides by woods, on all sides by a spring fed creek, and the remaining side is next to neighbors woods, pastures, etc. From the fence to the far side of the creek (going inwards on the property) is on average approximately 15-20 feet. There are no roads near the pastures, my land backs up completely to other neighbors lands. The closest chemical spray that I know of that is used is by one neighbor that uses Grazon. With the way their land is and the creek and the woods, there is minimal opportunities for any of the runoff to go into any of my fields. The garden area is on a hill in the center of the property.

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 are just starting out and are excited to join the CNG family! We currently only sell raw goats milk for pets and we make pepper jelly with a cottage food license. We also occasionally have sold herbs, dried pepper flakes, etc. We plan on expanding our operations this upcoming season to widen our variety of produce and products available.