Dew Point FarmOwner: Brad Barnes
2608 16th Ave.
Columbus, GA 31904
1 Poplar St
Columbus, GA 31904
daytime phone: (706) 289-0508
Web site: http://www.thedewabides.com
Application Date: 2020-07-02
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We believe that sustainable crop production is the only ethical way to farm. We believe that we should develop high-quality, healthy products to people with limited access to fresh produce. And we support Georgia Organics' ongoing effort to develop more growers of organic and CNG vegetables in the state.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Through our mentors at Jenny Jack Farm (which is a CNG farm) and through Georgia Organics.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- .13 acres
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- .15 acres
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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: *
- Combination of no-till in one field (with a thick top layer of organic compost, per Ben Hartman's "Lean Farm" recommendations) and shallow-till in another (with no additional top soil yet). We are exploring options for roller-crimping cover crops in the second field, though we have not used cover crops to date.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Purchased complete, from Farmer's Organic in Albany, Ga.
- 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". *
- 4-6 inches deep
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- We use bone meal and epsom salt as spot amendments in holes as we plant seedlings. We have not had to modify soil pH.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
- Summer 2019, before farming the land, we spot treated the empty lot with trace elements of glyphosate to kill privet (painted cut-stump application) and triclopyr to kill kudzu. After a 60-90 day dormant period, we capped this area with 4-6 inches of organic compost, which we then mounded into beds for planting. We will use no forbidden pesticides or herbicides on the land that is now in production.
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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 hand-hoe and hand-weed the crop rows. We've had recurring issues with privet, poison ivy and english ivy popping up but are mechanically removing those (hand-pulling). Small grasses are a constant issue, but managed by hand as well. We preserve the edges of the fields with string trimming.
- 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. *
- The only insect pest of note has been pickleworms in our cucumbers. We pull the affected veg as soon as we spot damage and compost the cucumber off site. We have treated the cucumbers with neem oil -- two applications in two months, so far -- and that is our only intended pesticide. We've lost some tomatoes to birds and/or rodents but count that as acceptable loss and don't plan to thwart them.
- 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. *
- AN unidentified disease killed 25-30 percent of our black-bean crops. We manually removed plants at the first sign of infection and bagged and disposed of them as trash. A potential fungus affected a small portion of our other heritage bean crops (maybe 10 percent), but set in close to harvest and did not require treatment before crop harvest.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Municipal water through Columbus Water Works utility.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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. *
- Most seeds came from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, a certified organic supplier. Sweet potato slips and yarrow seed came from Johnny's Selected Seeds and were organic.
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Jenny Jack Farm -- a CNG farm in nearby Pine Mountain, Ga.
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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 fields are bounded by vacant property to the north, privacy fence to the east, dirt-and-patio back yards to the south, and municipal roadway to the west. The nearest lawn that may to be fertilized with a lawn fertilizer is across the street to the west, approximately 15 yards away.
- 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: