Produce & Flowers

Peach House Farm

Owner: Stephen Dobek

Address:
2950 W Currahee St
Toccoa, GA 30577
Stephens County

Mailing Address:
726 Cawthon Rd
Toccoa, GA 30577

daytime phone: (716) 946-7173
Web site: http://Peachhousefarm.com

Application Date: 2022-04-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are in our second season of growing according to CNG standards. Now that we are producing more volume and exploring new markets, we think the third party certification will be important for our marketing in addition to reflecting our values. Additionally, many of our nearby farmers markets require either CNG or Certified Organic certification.
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? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Our assistant farm manager came to us from a CNG farm and is on the CNG board of directors.
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? *
Our farm manager has been farming for about 5 years in different capacities and is going into his second year managing Peach House Farm. Our assistant manager is going into his 10th season producing for market in various capacities and is in his first year at Peach House Farm. Our assistant manager worked on one CNG Farm previously (Tubby Creek Farm), managed one CNG farm (AOVS Urban Farm) and has previously worked as a Senior Remote Inspector. We feel confident in being able to adhere to the CNG standards.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
16
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
14
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:
Florists, other hobby retail stores

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Low-till system using BCS Walk Behind Tractor
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Primarily, rye and clover during winter
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We purchase compost finished and complete from local sources. We are still working on a consistent source.
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". *
Currently, less than 2 tons per acre
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Alfalfa meal (Omri listed) Harmony Pelletized Chicken Manure fertilizer (Omri Listed) Pelletized Gypsum Beds are amended with all of these prior to planting. Annually or bi-annually depending on the specific bed
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
no
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
We are not using chelated chemical fertilizers
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Prior to being managed by Peach House Farm, the field was leased to a conventional grower for corn and soybean production. As this predates our management, we don't have any specific records for what was used. Conventional management would have ended Fall of 2020. We understand that this would only qualify us for transitional status.
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. *
Reseeded cover crops Perennial grasses Winter weeds such as henbit and chickweed wild geranium, broomsedge, goldenrod, ragweed and other pasture plants (field has gone back to pasture state post conventional management) To control weeds, we are using a permanent bed system with our BCS tractor. Weeds are controlled through harrowing prior to planting and either weeding with tools/hands or removable landscape fabric (depending on the plant)
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. *
Japanese beetles, aphids- milky spore used as a treatment for beetle grubs. Pyganic kept unhand for treatment for other pests after positive ID Obviously, these are not insects but we also have a problem with: Deer, wild pigs- We are currently running deer fencing around our planted space. We plan to work with Georgia Department of Natural Resources on depredation permitting should that become necessary.
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. *
Powdery mildew- We keep "Surround" on hand for use in curbing powdery mildew when it occurs.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Our farm is on City of Toccoa 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 primarily use organically certified varieties from Johny's seeds and seek out organic varieties from other producers before we go with a conventional source. Many flowers, though, do not have organic certified varieties. The sources we try to check for organic varieties include: Johnny's Seeds, High Mowing Seeds, and Osborne Seeds. Some flowers, especially our sunflower varieties, have proven difficult to find organically grown, though.
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. *
Purple Cow Organics: Compost (cow manure based), pine bark, sphagnum peat moss, unspecified rock minerals, worm castings
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? *
no
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. *
All sides of the farm have a large tree buffer. To the east of the farm there is a 100 yards of tree buffer and then a lawn and road. To the North and West there is a 50 yard buffer of trees with a hunting property on the other side (no conventional production). To the south, there is a 60 yard tree buffer with the neighboring field being managed for cattle.

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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