Produce & Flowers

Cane Creek Farm

Owner: Lynn Pugh

Address:
5110 Jekyll Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
Forsyth County

daytime phone: (678) 787-0502
Web site: http://www.canecreekfarm.net

Application Date: 2022-01-17

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I dropped my CNG certification, after many years, when I stopped selling produce. I would like to renew my certification because I want my land to be recognized as organic. Developers and utilities are looking for easements on the property, and I would like to require them to follow practices that will not harm the land. I still produce vegetables for my family and friends and local food pantries.
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: *
CNG for many years. Last inspection was in 2019.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Conference
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? *
I worked with Georgia Organics, have an advanced degree in Plant Pathology, gardened all my life, and started the farm in 2001. I have farmed commercially for 17 years. I have taught classes on organic growing for 13 years.

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: *
17
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:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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:
I actually only grow for family and food pantries, but there's a technical glitch that requires I also check one of the other boxes.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Harrow and till when nesessary. Some beds are no tilled
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
rye, crimson clover, field peas, millet
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased form local producer
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". *
four wheelbarrows/100 ft
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. *
Harmony composted from chicken litter, Feather meal
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. *
Grasses, amaranth, winter annuals Mechanical removal - hoe, hand pulling, occasional tractor tillage
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. *
bean beetles, cabbage loopers, aphids, flea beetles, nematodes Control is by timed plantings, floating row covers, natural beneficial insects, and natural insect control by birds and bats. Spinosad occasionally, once or twice a season, for cabbage loopers on cruciferacious plants.We are trying to control nematodes by using cover crops and not planting crops susceptible to nematodes.
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. *
Primary disease problem is blights on the tomatoes. Last year we used resistant varieties, more space between plants, and pruning to increase air flow.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water.
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. *
Always try to get organic seeds and plants.
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Banner Greenhouse
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Organic producer
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). *
N/A
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. *
Wooded areas of at least 100 ft. surround the farm on all sides from the residential developments.

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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