Produce Application

GreenWay Gardens LLC

Owner: Roger and April Westover

Address:
301 Stagecoach Lane
Waycross, GA 31503
Brantley County

Application Date: 2020-01-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We grow clean food on our 1/4 acre market garden for CSA customers, farmers' market and restaurants. We want to show our customers and community that we take our growing practices seriously by being CNG.
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, Food Oasis and listening to podcasts.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Less than 1/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
None
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:
Less than 1/4 acre
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:
Microgreens
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: *
Low till, we use a tilther from Johnny's Seeds.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Clover, mustard greens and radish greens
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, local oak leaves and tree trimmings from storm cleanup
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 inches of our compost on our deep mulch bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Cow 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". *
Less than 1 ton annually
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall
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. *
Sea-90 (1-50 lb bag) once per year in late spring or winter. Coffee grounds @ 1- 5lb bag per week. OMRI listed bagged poultry manure pellet from Perdue University rate of use is@ 1-2 lbs per 25 foot bed every 6 months.
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. *
Pigweed, Nut Sedge, Bahia Grass, Wild Radish, Hen Bit, Common Chickweed and Small Geranium. Flame weeder, Silage Tarp, hand pull and using 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. *
Yellow margined leaf beetle, stink bug, squash bug, leaf footed bug, tawny mole cricket, army worms, aphids and whiteflies. Ladybugs, beneficial nemetodes, and other beneficial insects from Arbico Organics, hand picking insects off, utilizing trap crops, companion planting.
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. *
Late Blight on tomatoes pulled out and burned. Fungus on cucumbers and squash from lack of air flow and a lot of rain were managed by thinning out the diseased plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain and occasional overhead watering from deep well on property.
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. *
We are forested on 2.5 sides of the property with a dirt road and woods in the front over 100 yards from the growing area. The closest neighbor will not use chemicals on his 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: