Produce & Flowers

Diamond Hill Farm

Owner: Carter Dodd

Address:
Athens, GA

Web site: http://www.collectiveharvestathens.com

Application Date: 2022-06-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our farm has been previously Certified Naturally Grown and Certified Organic. We believe in the standards of CNG and we having decided to drop our USDA Organic certification. We grow in strict accordance of the NOP guidelines, but cannot afford the cost of the USDA certification moving forward. Many of our markets require either CNG or USDA Organic certification to participate
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 2012-2020 USDA Organic 2020-2022 (GA Crop Improvement)
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
We have been previously CNG
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 have farmed full time for for 10 years and have learned from many mentors over the years. We are confident in our abilities to produce organic vegetables and flowers with the experience we have gained over the years. We supply year round to many outlets in the Athens, GA and Atlanta GA markets.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
7
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
3.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
7
Fruit Crops:
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use a tractor to plow, harrow, and till to prepare beds for planting.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, oats, crimson clover, sunhemp, daikon, peas, rye grass
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Longwood Plantation
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 annualy
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Chicken litter from local poultry producers
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". *
Applied by spreader truck in the winter in amounts sufficient according to soil tests
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall/Winter
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
N/A
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. *
We have many winter and summer weeds. We control through manual cultivation by hand and tool and tractor as needed. We use mulches (natural and synthetic) to control weeds for certain crops. We also employ the use of silage tarps prior to planting to flush out emerging weeds.
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. *
We have a variety of insect pressures. Cucumber beetles and squash bug - use of OMRI listed products (Pyganic and Diatomaceous Earth) as needed and required according to product label upon visual inspection of plants. Cabbage Worms and other catepillers (use of BT after visual inspection/sprayed in accordance with the label requirements after visual inspections) Colorado Potato Beetle - alternating use of Pyganic and Spinosid according to the label instructions. Grasshoppers- keeping grasshopper habitat cut surrounding fields. We also use a 3 year crop rotation to try to mitigate heavy pest populations in cultivated areas on the farm. Flea beetles and other beetles - use of seasonal row cover on affected crops
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. *
We have Late Blight and fungal disease pressure that we try to mitigate using landsacape fabric for mulching crops. We try to keep a sanitary environment on the farm to not spread disease as we work. We also try to irrigate appropriately to not enhance the spread of disease (limiting overhead irrigation when disease issues arise)
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well and Municipal 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. *
We source organic seeds first and non organic seeds when we are unable to find an organic option at a minimum of three seed sources.
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. *
McEnroe Lite
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Cottle Berry Farm Banner Greenhouses Dixondale
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes. OG plugs
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). *
We have purchase non OG plugs from James Greenhouses. Lavender/Yarrow/Salvia Leucantha We have also purchase non organic bareroot onion starts from Dixondale Farms. We have not found a viable onion start supplier and will be looking into producing our own onion starts in the future.
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. *
At our Beaverdam Site we have 100ft buffer on all sides of the farm mature tree line on South and West sides of farm. At our Millstone Site we have 50 foot buffer to the closest road on the South and East borders with a 3 year old planted tree line. We have a mature tree line on the north border and 50 foot buffer from a neighbors horse pasture (no chemicals are used on that pasture) We have a 100 ft buffer minimum on the West side of the farm.

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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