Produce & Flowers

Nona Farm

Owner: Thomasin Bagby

Address:
1400 Athens Rd
Winterville, GA 30683
Clarke County

daytime phone: (912) 399-7095
Web site: http://TheNonaFarm.com

Application Date: 2021-01-17

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I was a CNG farmer under the name Seeds and Stems, I was partnered with my, now ex-wife. I took a few years off and did research farming at my local University while I realigned my ideals and got back to normal. Now my position is being dissolved in a few months so I will return to production farming. In the years I havent worked all I have done is cover cropped and added OMRI ammendments.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
Yours see above
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
You are large in my state and I believe in your cause. Sorry I havent been a part of your organization for a few years. I'm happy to be back
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: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
2.5
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
I will be branching into mushrooms, but my main goal is my 2.5 acres of hard wheat and my vegetables. Coupled with I want to do wholesale flats of CNG plant starts
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: *
I newly acquired a buckeye subsoiler, so my typical tillage is subsoil every 3-4 years or subsoil on fresh break, followed by a all purpose shallow chisel plow. In my vegetable plots (1/8 acre boxes for rotation) I make semi permanent raised beds with my bcs rotary plow. in my grain fields I use a disc harrow and a no-till drill. I want to switch to all no till, but currently I still disc for weeds and germ. In the veg plots I use for a year then rest a year, typically with a 2-4 month tarping after the final cover crop in the rest period.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
AWP, wheat, rye, sorghum/sudan, buckwheat, clovers, millet, lupine, radishes, barley, oats
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm made by myself. No place near me sells it reasonably enough priced. I honestly only use compost as an additive in my potting mix. I covercrop in my fields Composted pinebark I might get in the future from Oldcastle
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". *
1:20 ratio compost to Promix Organik
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. *
Seven Springs order every year, hydrolized feather meal, nature safe various 5-5-5, 7-7-7 flowable, 10-2-8, epsomsalt, dolomitic lime Sea-90, Azomite, 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? *
yes
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. *
I have very extensive cover cropping and I tarp for my primary weed control. Common weeds are chickweed, johnsongrass, bermuda, left over covercrop, amaranth. I hoe often and hand weed, I used to use plastic row cover, but im trying to get to living mulches after plastic tarping for months.
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. *
Aphids, japanese beetles, cucumber beetles, corn ear worms, army worms, squash bugs The worst ones are my squash plants, which I found a later planting really helps, after the first flush comes, I also have used cocozelle as a trap crop. Other than that Bt for worm control on non flowering plants, souting early and often for spinsaid treatments for others, but mostly controling it by planting date control and crop residue removal.
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. *
Its really bad here with sclerotinia, lettuce head drop is extremely common, our heavy clay soils just stay wet. I do heavy rotation and cover cropping for fungus and nematodes. Drip irrigation to control wetness, and this is also why im moving from plastic mulches too. As for other diseases, i do like the potassium soda spray for minor molds, and copper soap as well. Tomatos are just a timebomb, replant, hopefully keep the dry, and get rid of all the garbage asap
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I have a deep (280) ft well into a watershed with absolutely no industrial works above it.
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. *
I typically use johnnys, also South Exposure, high mowing, and strictly medicinal. As well I save seed from my native species and talk to others who save seed as well so a great deal of mine is literal open pollination with no company to get between
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? *
Purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Peat, perlite, I add compost sometimes vermiculite. It has no wetting agents or adulterants. Promix MP Organik
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. *
N/A
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. *
My veg fields are encased in a 30ft tall 15 ft thick eleagnus wall, I own 20 acres so other than that wall I control all potential drift or contamination. My sides are forested and so is my rear 500ft thick to a creek downhill. My grain field does have an open side where there is a road, but across the street is a forest block. My next door neighbor is a large Certified Organic farm so they are also safe, even if not they are 2000ft through trees from me

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:
I will mostly be growing wholesale for a low income mobile farmers market, I might not even go to market at all and only do that, direct sales and a personal farm stand. I just love growing plants and it's all I want to do all day. I honestly only dont like selling. I'm highly trained in this field. I have been working under the state organic researcher Dr. Timothy Coolong and i have gained even more skills in the past two years than I thought possible. I'm excited to put them to use under the CNG name