Produce & Flowers

Earth Dog Flowers

Owner: Daniel Rohrabaugh

2200 Reynolds Dr
Atlanta, GA 30315
Georgia County

Mailing Address:
2101 Wildrose Dr
Decatur, GA 30032

Application Date: 2020-01-22

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I need an easy way to let my customers know that I use sustainable methods to grow my flowers. My farm is very small (<1/4 Acre), and we primarily grow flowers, so the organic certification doesn't seem as relevant. Certified Naturally Grown seems like it's a little more appropriate for a small flower farm like mine.
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? *
There are a few other certified naturally grown farms in the Atlanta area. My farmer's market (Green Market and Piedmont Park) also prefers CNG or organic growers.
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:
All Flowers
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: *
Broadfork, tilther, and bed preparation rake
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Fall green manure mix from johnny's with rye and winter peas, lots of buckwheat in summer
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Small amount produced on farm, supplemented with purchased compost from Super Sod (Soil3).
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". *
Two wheelbarrow loads per ~35' bed, about 28-30 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. *
Azomite (complex silica ore), rock phosphate powder, harmony (poultry manure based),
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. *
Pigweed, chickweed, henbit, grasses Managed with hoes, hand-pulling, and flame weeding
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. *
Thrips, aphids, leaf-footed bugs, cucumber beetles, cabbage moths managed with safer soap insecticidal soap, pyganic pyrethrin based insecticide, monterey garden insect spray (spinosad based), Bt (Dipel) sprayed with backpack spray. Also released minute pirate bugs and lacewing larvae from arbico organics for thrip and aphid control. Planning to try nematode sprays in 2020.
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. *
Soil-based diseases, powdery mildew I use actinovate and rootshield as a soak for anemone and ranunculus corms, as well as foliar sprays of actinovate and diluted watering with rootshield. They are OMRI certified biofungicides.
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? *
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? *
Farmer Bailey Plugs for Flower Farmers and King's Mums
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). *
Iceland poppies, lisianthus (last year), chyrsanthemums, which by harvest of this year will have been grown for over 12 months with CNG cultivation. I am not buying any new mums this year.
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. *
We are on an urban site, there is no other agriculture happening nearby. We are located at the end of a dead-end road, the closest residential yard is maybe 1500 ft from our crops.


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:
We use cover cropping, lots of compost, OMRI-approved pesticides when absolutely necessary and biological controls as much as possible. We are a very small operation, farming on about 1/10th of an acre with a small propagation house and two high tunnels.