Produce Application

Bain Home Gardens

Owner: Carshena Bain

Address:
Dothan, AL

daytime phone: (334) 618-9713
evening phone: (334) 618-9713
Web site: http://bainhomegardens.wordpresss.com

Application Date: 2020-01-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have and continue to adhere to organic and naturally grown practices and want our consumers to know we are serious about growing with our the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides. This certification in our opinion would help make that abundantly clear.
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? *
Online

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.0302112
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
90%
Fruit Crops:
5%
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Flowers 5%
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: *
Tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Made on farm and supplemented with purchased.
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 truckload per 98 sq
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. *
Jobe's Organics Bone Meal, Jobe's Organics Blood Meal Epsom Salt Alaskan Fish Emulsion
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. *
Wild Geranium, Crabgrass, & Spotted Spurge are being managed by hand weeding &tilling then mulching.
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. *
Leaf Hoppers, Chinese Beatles, Tomato Horned Worms are managed by use of Diatomaceouss Earth, Bacillus Thuringiensi, and Neem Oil.
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. *
Powdery mildew & Blight are controlled by diligent pruning to ensure good air flow and using baking soda
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Houston County Water
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? *
no
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Conventional farm across the street. They grow cotton and peanuts so I'm sure any chemicals associated with those crops are in use.
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 live on a corner lot and farm the land we live on. We have a 44 ft tree line on the left side of the planting zones that separates our crops from the field across the street where cotton and peanuts are grown in rotation. On the front side of the property some of our crops are planted 20 feet from the road while others are planted 50 feet from the road and there are no buffer zones between the road & the front of the property. The hoop house is on the upper right front side of our property. It about 20 feet from the road & 15 feet from the neighbors property line with a 40 ft tree line that serves as a buffer zone between the two properties. We have added fruit trees to the front of the property however they are not substantial in size at this time to serve as a buffer zone.

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 recently completed the building of a High Tunnel House or Hoophouse. It is 936 sq ft. We wish to include it in this certification.