Produce Application

Cozy Bear Market Garden

Owner: Deijhon Yearby

Address:
621 Thaxton Rd
Nicholson, GA 30565
Ga County

Mailing Address:
241 vineyard dr
athen, GA 30607

daytime phone: (706) 338-2650

Application Date: 2019-12-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I want people to know that the produce my farm grows is naturally grown with no help from toxic herbicides or pesticides.
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? *
Through a farm development class hosted by the Athens Land Trust.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/4 Acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1/4 Acre
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/4 Acre
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: *
little to no tillage
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Crimson Clover, Buckwheat
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". *
ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet
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. *
For soil fertility we make our own compost and apply that over our plots to build the soil up. We also use cover crops like buckwheat to add more nutrients back into the soil. Whenever we remove crops from a plot we usually lay down more compost over the rows so we don't have to till up the ground. Then if the plot is not going to be used for a while then we will plant a cover crop to help restore the nutrients in the soil.
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. *
For the weeds, pigweed and nutsedge seem to be our biggest problem. I will usually weed an area with a hoe or rack and if it's to out of control I will use a silage trap to cover over the plot to hopefully burn the weeds away or dry them up enough to make it easier to weed with the hoe later.
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. *
When it comes to our pest problem my issue is dealing with rabbits and chipmunks. The best solution I have found so far to work is to just put up some chicken wire around a plot because that seems to keep them out. I also let some of my crops growing bigger in trays before I transplant them because it seems when the crop are more mature the animals tend to leave them alone. Now when the insect come we plan on using insect netting and plant some crops that will attract beneficial insect. We will also companion plant crops to together to ward off harmful 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. *
Now there are 2 main diseases that my farm deals with, the first is botrytis blight. When dealing with blight we wait for the crop somewhat died down before we pull off and destroy the tops of the plant so the disease doesn't spread. Our second biggest issue is powdery mildew, to prevent it we water the plants more and add more mulch so it is not stressed from the heat. We also use baking soda mixed with water to hopefully wash the powdery mildew off before it spread.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Lake, Well
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? *
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. *
The Farm is at least 30 mile away from any conventional crop farm with a wooded area to buffer us from them. Also the we are 200 yards away from any residential yard.

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: