Produce Application

Rivendell Farm

Owner: Meg & Scott Hodges

Address:
Mount Airy, GA

Web site: http://www.therivendell.farm

Application Date: 2020-03-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We're passionate about healthy food and our personal health hobby has blossomed into a small farm operation! We're too small to pursue or consider USDA steps, but this lets our customers know we are truly dedicated to healthy growing practices.
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 other small farmers in our area through North Georgia Locally Grown, who we found thru a local farm-2-table restaurant.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
100+
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.75
Fruit Crops:
.25
Hay:
75-100
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
40+
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:
Produce sold to a Local food delivery service (delivery of prepared meals)

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No Till since first converted (gardens only - hay fields are not tilled)
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.): *
On farm sourced - leaf litter, composted produce/plants
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" in ground space; 25% raised bed spaces, topped up annually
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. *
Occasional use of fish emulsion, gypsum
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. *
Grass infringement, all gardens. Managed along edges with torching, hand pulling, applications of vinegar/epsom salt/water mixture (both 2x per season). In ground beds utilize weed fabric with good outcomes. All other weeds removed with hand tools.
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. *
Varies from season to season. Most common issues are: marmorated stink bugs, squash bugs, leaf footed bugs, aphids, fire ants, japanese beetles, grasshoppers. Methods include fogging plants with neem oil solution (weekly up to none in a season), hand removal, trap crops, companion planting, variation planting (spreading plants out around the garden vs all the same type in one area). We also plant more than we intend to harvest with allowances for some loss due to pests.
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. *
Due to increasingly heavy rainfall amounts in our area since we began gardening, moisture related issues most common, usually fungus. We don't treat with any product, but plan ahead with good drainage, additional plant spacing, pruning/removing damaged plants at signs of a problem. We grow all our own starts and find healthy starting plants are quite hardy against disease issues. We also select varieties for how they will perform in our area in many cases.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
RAIN. Excess water a bigger challenge for us at times.
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. *
our garden is in the center of 150 acres of land with substantial undeveloped wood buffers in every direction. Nearest road is over 1/2 mile away, no crops under cultivation within a minimum of 1 mile in any direction.

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. *
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