Produce Application

Smokey Road Farm

Owner: Shelley Ruth

Address:
3005 Smokey Road
Athens, GA 30601
Athens clarke County

daytime phone: (706) 204-4995
evening phone: (706) 204-4995

Application Date: 2020-07-31

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
It has long been our desire to build a farm to provide all natural, organic, high quality food for my family and community. I set out on this course in 2015. Our original desire was to build a home and farm that was self sustainable, reduced our carbon footprint, and treated our garden footprint in a way that would sustain farming practice for generations. I believe it is important to teach, share, and promote sustainable farm practices for the future of our health, food supply, and our planet.
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? *
Personal research and advise from current members

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
6.7
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
na
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
5.2
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Our long term plan is to grow Christmas trees although we are expanding our crops in phases. These will come in roughly a year or two.
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: *
No till method
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
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 deep
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. *
none
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. *
Dandelion, crab grass, dog dill, plantain, chick weed, and parslane are our primary weed problems. We use parslane for living mulch and pull other weeds by hand. We have designed our farm to use a no till method which also includes using mulch as weed suppression.
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. *
Japanese beetles, squash borers, tomato worms, caterpillar, and various beetles are our primary insect issues. We have used ORMI neem oil, ORMI BT, as well as organic nematodes and parasitic wasps as a means of control.
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. *
Our primary disease challenge has been fungal disease on our cucumbers and blight on our tomatoes. We have used organic copper fungicide as a means of control.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
we use well water for our crop irrigation.
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. *
We use primarily seeds from suppliers who have taken the safe seed pledge. W try to use heirloom whenever possible. Our primary seed supplier has been Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. We have supplemented with Peaceful Valley Organics, and Seed Savers Exchange organic seed 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? *
we mix our own on the farm
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Farm compost
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. *
na
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 farm is surrounded by woodlands more than 200 feet on the east and west sides and 6 acres of wood lands to the north side. On the south side there is a road that borders the farm. There are no agricultural crops grown in our immediate area.

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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