Produce & Flowers

Littlefoot Farm

Owner: Anthony Gayles Jr

Maysville, GA

Application Date: 2021-01-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am starting Littlefoot Farm to serve the food needs of working-class families in North Georgia. The farm's guiding principles are biodiversity and sustainability. I used your certification requirements to design my farm, in part, because I needed guidance on best practices in the industry. Joining a community of producers trying to increase soil health and rebuild our ecological systems is really important to the food justice work we plan to do.
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? *
Many farmers markets in Georgia and New York City require Organic or Certified Naturally Grown certification. It was also suggested in my GrowNYC Farm Beginnings Course.
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: *
Minimal till; we are building our raised beds currently using a sheet mulch of cardboard and aged compost. Some of the beds will be given an initial till as the land was previously used as horse pasture. Once beds are formed, we do not plan to till. We will employ cover crops, silage tarps, and false seedbeds to manage weeds.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Alsike Clover and Spring Oats mix
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased from Athens Clark County municipal landfill; we will eventually produce our own compost as well
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". *
2-3 inches deep
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. *
Pelletized Lime - applied to raise soil pH (once a year, subject to soil test) Fish Emulsion - applied every 3 weeks for certain plants Blood Meal and Alfalfa Meal - applied every month for certain plants Vermicompost - applied as compost tea as needed Potassium Sulfate - applied minimally for tomato
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. *
Because our fields were previously used as horse pasture, we expect to have considerable perennial plant pressure. The sheet mulch raised beds are our first line of defense. We hope that low mowing plus occultation with a think layer of cardboard and compost will suppress the grasses that have been growing. Cover crops will be planted into each bed as they are formed so that each bed is covered and weeds are held in check until time for transplant. Once plants are transplanted, I plan to use a combination of mulches and hand weeding to keep the invasive species at bay. If cardboard proves ineffective for certain species, which is likely, plastic silage tarps will be used to block and kill those plants.
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. *
Strategically placing row covers will be our main method of pest control. Most plants will start under row cover so they are less available to insects while they are more vulnerable. We will create wildlife buffer zones around the farm to attract beneficial insect and bird species. Old-school slug traps, neem oil, and/or diatomaceous earth boundaries will be employed for specific crops. There will be trap crops planted as well to limit damage to crops for market (eg Amaranth for cucumber beetles).
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. *
Transplanting healthy seedlings is our primary plan for limiting disease pressure. We purchase seeds from reputable sources to avoid seeds that carry diseases. By building up the biodiversity of soil life, we hope to further mitigate disease challenges. Because this is our first year, we are planning our subsequent crop rotations to limit pathogen risks. We are considering methods like applications of copper and lime, but this would be minimal and a last resort because of the risk of copper buildup.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Irrigation well on the property
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. *
This season has been particularly difficult to buy organic seeds because of the explosion of demand and erratic nature of seed sales in 2020 and 2021. The vast majority of our seeds of all plant varieties are organic. The seeds that are not organic come from heirloom seed suppliers (like Baker Creek Seeds) or were varieties that were not widely available at the time I purchased seeds (eg Blacktail Mountain Watermelon). Seed suppliers: Johnny's, Southern Exposure, High Mowing, Baker Creek, Sow True Seeds, Pinetree Seeds, and True Love Seeds
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? *
Mix my own
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Organic Peat Moss Perlite Vermiculite
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? *
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 of our produce beds will be about 300+ feet of pasture, then a forested tree line that is the property line. Beyond that, my neighbor grazes less than 10 cows in his side yard. A creek runs between the properties. To the south of the property is a small residential street. My neighbors have a patchy backyard where their dogs play. To the west of the farm is a neighbor's house and backyard, with the whole property lined in trees. At the northwest corner, at least 200 feet from any farm beds, across a fence and tree line, the neighbor keeps mules and a few cows. To the east of the farm is another residential road, and across the road is a neighbor's house with a typical lawn.


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:
This is our first season in operation. We intend to meet the highest standards. Please give us any feedback you can think of. And thanks for providing this non-corporate alternative!