Produce & Flowers
Jenny Jack FarmOwner: Jenny and Chris Jackson
603 White Cemetery Rd.
Pine Mt., GA 31822
603 White Cemetery Rd
Pine Mt., GA 31822
daytime phone: (706) 333-4479
Web site: http://www.jennyjackfarm.com
Application Date: 2013-01-23
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We have been growing using organic methods for 7 years now. Since our main market, our CSA, does not demand it, we have never pursued the organic certification. When referred to as "organic" farmers, we have to correct people since we are not certified. We would like to have a legimate certification that explains how we produce food for curious customers. We have several farmer friends who are CNG, and would like to join this program.
- 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? *
- Farmer friends- locally and at conferences
- 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: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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 small tractor for initial tillage. After a cash crop is planted, we use a small tiller, wheel hoe, and hand hoes for cultivation.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- crimson clover, winter pea, rye, oates, buckwheat, sorghum sudangrass, cowpeas
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Purchased From a local source, "Natural Growth, Inc"
- 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 on top of growing beds
- 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. *
- We use feather meal for Nitrogen, Greensand for potassium, lime when needed, and azomite. We generally apply these once a year, in the spring. We get all these products from Seven Springs Farm in Va.
- 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. *
- We employ mulches- both natural and plastic, and hand weeding to combat weed problems. We have a lot of crab grass, nut grass, and lots of broad leaf weeds. Our main strategy is to wheel hoe/scuffle hoe them while small. If we miss them at that stage, we hand pull.
- 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 lot of insect pressure. Spraying an organic pesticide is our last action. First and foremost, we build organic matter through cover cropping, composting and mulching. We find that as our soil improves, our pest pressure decreases. Second, we use row cover as a physical barrier. Third, we hand pick. Fourth, we spray neem, pyrethrin, or Bt.
- 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. *
- Disease has been an occasional challenge. As with pests, our first course of action is to build soil organic matter. Second, we spray compost tea that we make here at the farm. Biweekly sprays or monthly, depending on crop.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Well on the farm. 400 feet deep.
- 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. *
- 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 potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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. *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Dixondale Farms
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- 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. *
- To the north is the road our farm is on. It is light traffic (less than 30 cars per day. To the east is our neighbor's property: horse pastures. To the south is a continuation of my family's property: woodland and then pasture that extends to the south for about 1 mile. To the west is woods (about 200 yards in depth) until my neighbor's property, which is open hay pasture.
- 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: