Produce & Flowers
Qi GreensOwner: Sae’Von Springer
daytime phone: (678) 749-3739
Web site: http://Www.qigreens.com
Application Date: 2020-11-30
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- At Qi Greens we source organic seeds, grow in an organic medium, never use pesticides or herbicides & package within compostable containers. We recognize the high standard that CNG represent and we wish to be inspected so that consumers know our practices have been verified by a trusted & credible third party organization.
- 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? *
- One of our partner grocers asked us if we had been certified by you all.
- How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- 64 sq ft
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- 100sq ft
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- 64 sq ft
- Fruit Crops:
- Other Acreage:
- Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *
- Please Specify Any Other Items:
- Microgreens + wheatgrass
- 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: *
- We grow our microgreens indoors on a vertical rack system. We sow our grow medium within 10x20 trays, watering with purified tap water.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- 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. *
- GS Plant Foods Organic Liquid Kelp Plant Fertilizer Ingredients: Ascophyllum Nodosu
- 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? *
- 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. *
- IF I were to encounter weeds, I would selectively remove them from the grow trays and allow the remaining microgreens or wheatgrass to continue growing. No products would be needed for this task.
- 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. *
- My primary challenge for insects would be gnats that could potentially hatch if seeds had manage to infiltrate the grow medium as some point prior to it being sown within our garden. IF this happened, we would create apple cider vinegar traps near problem areas, burp the air in the room several times a day to allow them a change to diffuse away from the grow area. We would be sure to keep fans pushing air throughout the room as well.
- 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. *
- The primary disease challenge within our microgreens garden is mold. To combat this we have small fans mounted along each shelf of greens as well as 4+ floor fans to ensure air circulation. To keep moisture levels in check we use a programmable smart dehumidifier to maintain humidity levels within an optimal range. Finally, we regularly mist our microgreens with a solution that inhibits mold/bacteria growth - a food grade 3% hydrogen peroxide solution heavily diluted with water, specifically 1tbsp hydrogen peroxide to 25 fl oz water.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- City of Monroe, GA tap water run through a purification filter
- 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. *
- Our seeds are sourced from True Leaf Market. We order our organic microgreens seeds + wheatgrass seeds from them.
- 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? *
- 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 microgreens grow operation is indoor and we do not use any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic materials. We are not in danger of drift contamination.
- 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:
- All of our greens are grown in a Certified Organic blend composed of peat moss, coir, perlite, lime and mycorrhizae. We do not use any pesticides or herbicides nor do we use any synthetic additives or amendments. Instead, we’ve chosen a bio-organic liquid nutrient solution as fertilizer while utilizing a dilution of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide for sterilization purposes. We leverage a vertical rack cultivation technique to maximize our output capacity while minimizing our space required to do so. We grow within durable, re-usable 10x20 trays that are washing and sanitized between every harvest. We water + harvest on a NSF certified kitchen work bench that is also cleaned and sanitized several times daily. Thank you all.