Produce & Flowers
Red Ruby FarmOwner: Kelly Stimpert
355 Hobbs Road
Athens, GA 30607
daytime phone: (706) 714-2320
Application Date: 2021-04-09
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I am applying to be part of this program for a number of reasons, including: my commitment to grow native flowers and pollinator plants, my desire to participate in the community and share ideas, practices, and resources, and my intent to demonstrate to my son the importance of sustainable, natural growing practices. I am so excited to connect with you all and the other CNG farmers in my area.
- 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? *
- I heard about Certified Naturally Grown through my farming mentor, Brent Lopp.
- 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: *
- Approximately 1.75
- 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:
- .25 (personal use)
- Fruit Crops:
- Other Acreage:
- 1 (native plants and 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:
- I also plan to sell to the local community through a mobile flower truck. This portion of the business is called Pop-Up Petals. I am currently working with USDA to identify regional wholesalers and may market to them as well.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Disc harrow with ridges (plastic mulch layer with bed shaper).
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- I am in the process of working with my farming mentor, Brent Lopp, to prepare the land for the first cover crops. I will be planting legumes along with a broadleaves, such as sunn hemp and sunflowers.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Local TOPO https://www.topoindustries.com/community
- 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, few beds at a time
- 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. *
- Lime based on soil testing, one time per year.
- 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. *
- My primary weed problem is bamboo. It is being controlled by mechanic means (mulcher) while being mindful of leaving as much topsoil intact as possible.
- 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. *
- It is unclear at this point what the primary insect challenges will be, as this is the first growing season on this land. Regardless of the specific challenge, I will be using only organic-based pesticides, in the least amounts possible in accordance with proper integrated pest management practices.
- 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. *
- Again, it is unclear what the primary disease challenges will be, but should any arise, I would modify my farming practices to avoid prolification of the specific disease.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- City 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. *
- I select my seeds through (Jonny's 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 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. *
- All four sides of my property are buffered by forest/trees. There is nothing being grown within 150 feet of any of the edges of the farming area.
- 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:
- Although this is my first growing season on this piece of land, I do have experience with organic growing. Additionally, I am working in tandem with Brent Lopp as my mentor, who has many years of larger-scale organic farmer in my area of Athens, GA.