Produce & Flowers

Lazy Summer Farm

Owner: Justin Brooks

Athens, GA

daytime phone: (720) 400-1213
evening phone: (720) 400-1213
Web site:

Application Date: 2021-10-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
The CNG program will give the farm access to important markets in the local area. Additionally, I believe that being CNG certified can be an important marketing and branding tool for the farm as it allows me to be able to point to a well-defined set of guidelines that I include an accountability to the customer and the environment.
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 have previously worked on a CNG farm, and know several CNG farmers.
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? *
I have over a decade of experience in horticulture, wildlife biology, and forestry. I have worked on both CNG and USDA Certified Organic farms. I have a masters in Agricultural Education and possess a Certificate in Organic Agriculture from the University of Georgia. I managed a not-for-profit farm utilizing organic practices for 2 years, and I am now approaching the end of my first year operating my own farm.

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: *
Primary tillage includes disc harrow and tractor-mounted tiller to establish new fields and turn the larger two growing areas. Raised beds area shaped and fertilizer is incorporated with a BCS power harrow on individual beds. Depending on the areas use, beds may be permanent, semi-permanent, or remade seasonally.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Sunn hemp, Austrian winter pea, oats, rye, buckwheat, crimson clover.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Relatively small amount of on farm compost is being made with crop residues, spoilage, and wood chips. The primary compost source has been purchased finished compost from Georgia Bark & Mulch comprised of partially decomposed wood chips mixed with soil.
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". *
27 yards per acre
Do you use Manure? *
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
The landowner applied 2 tons of chicken litter he sourced from a local chicken house within miles of the farm onto a 5 acre area on 8/27/21 that I want to start growing crops on starting in 2021. This will likely be the only application of manure for sometime, as I will be purchasing finished fertilizer for the area for the foreseeable future.
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". *
0.4 tons per acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
I use OMRI certified fertilizer is purchased through Seven Springs Farm's website typically twice a year. Some of the growing areas I am submitting for certification have had other fertilizers applied to them by the landowner with in the past 36 months. These applications and fertilizers are listed in the questions on chemical fertilizer use. Products: Harmony Ag Organic Fertilizer (5-4-3) 9% Calcium -- composted poultry layer manure Ida-grow pelletized rock phosphate 0-3-0 Allganic Soluble Potassium Sulfate SOP (0-0-52+S18%) Brown's Fish Fertilizer (2-3-1) -- made from fresh water trout. Brown's is a fish hydrolysate BioLink® All Purpose Liquid (0-5-5) -- Derived from rock phosphate and potassium sulfate.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
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? *
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
There are separate growing areas that have had separate treatments. Current 1.5 acre area- current growing space that has been utilized for the past year has had nothing but cover crops for past 36 months. New 5 acre area- only local chicken litter as described in the section on manure. 2 acres of peaches (the west 1 acre block acres is to be removed this winter)- on the east 1 acre block of peaches there was a basal application in a 6-8 foot band under peach trees of 200 pounds of 15-11-11 Pecan Special w/Zn fertilizer on 4/8/2021. 2, 200' long rows of figs had a hand application in the immediate basal area of each shrub of 14-14-14 on 3/20/20 totaling less 50 pounds.
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Current 1.5 acre has had no non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides applied in the last 3 years. Along the north border of the 5 acre growing area the zone immediately surrounding a line of irrigation stubs along the field's border were sprayed with a 2% solution of paraquat on 5/31/21 to kill weeds. The 1 acre western block of peaches (to be removed this winter) was sprayed with a mix of Imidan (3lbs per acre) and Abound 2.08 SC )(12oz per acre) on 6/18/2020. The eastern block of peaches (the block being retained and to now be managed according to CNG standards) was sprayed with a 2% basal application of Paraquat to kill root suckers on 7/5/21.
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. *
Primary weed issues are grasses, especially crabgrass, and to a lesser extent, Bermuda grass and Johnson grass. There are lesser issues with pigweed, nightshade, and dock. To date weed control has been done through hay mulching followed by hand-pulling, hoeing, tillage, and mowing. I have also used some flame weeding, and recently I have been starting to use more landscape fabric as well.
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. *
The biggest challenge so far has been leaf-footed bugs which I attempt to control through targeted spraying of juvenile development stage with Pyganic (pyrethrins). At the height of reproduction, scouting may determine that spraying once a week is necessary. I try to keep some highly preferred crops (like tomatoes) around later in the season to act as a trap crop, as the adults seem to prefer these over some of my other late summer season crops. Other insect issues include stink bugs, squash bugs, and various caterpillars. These seem to be easier to control (especially the latter two) through scouting and spraying of pyrethrins and BT respectively. During peak reproduction I may be spraying once a week but I use pest scouting and try to alternate products to limit resistance development. I also do a good bit of hand removal between sprays especially of squash bugs and their egg clusters. I know that the more I use landscape fabric the more issues I will have with crickets, which I try to control with diatomaceous earth dusted on transplants at planting and young seedlings as they emerge. I am currently taking over a 1 acre block of peach trees which will be a whole new set of challenges. I believe the primary insect one will be the plum curculio. The primary method of control will be hand-bagging of fruit along with dormant oil sprays, orchard sanitation of dropped fruit, and possibly a spray of pyrethrin. Peach treee spraying will be done with a homemade, tractor-mounted airblast-type sprayer made from a chicken house fan.
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. *
Tomatoes have been the biggest and most difficult to manage disease-prone crop. Primary disease problems have ben from early and late blights as well as some diseases of the fruit such as bacterial spots. I have recently started to use Serenade ASO (Bacillus subtilis QST713) applied through the drip system to suppress soil diseases at planting, a foliar spray for foliar and fruit diseases once or twice during crop progression depending on weather conditions that may promote disease, and applied to transplants before planting as a preventative. I always purchase quality seed and transplants. For the peaches, I believe the biggest issue will be brown rot. This will be treated with OMRI approved sulfur sprayed 3 or 4 times early spring, late spring, pre-bagging, and perhaps once more about a month before harvest on non-bagged fruit.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Irrigation water is pumped from the largest of three ponds located on the larger property to a central location and valve control area where it is then distributed to several areas including the leased areas for which I am currently seeking certification.
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 try to select seeds that I know to be good producers under organic growing conditions and for my geographic area, I may get this information through my own research or talking to other farmers. Organically grown seeds are purchased whenever possible from Johnny's Select Seeds, Mountain Rose Herbs, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, High Mowing Seeds, and or Adaptive 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? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Lambert LM-111 Organic All Purpose Mix---blend of coarse premium Canadian sphagnum peat moss, chunks and perlite with an organic wetting agent and an extended-release organic fertilizer. Components: Canadian sphagnum peat moss (80 - 90%) Horticultural perlite Calcitic limestone Dolomite limestone Organic wetting agent Organic slow release fertilizer And; Premier Tech Pro-Mix® MP Mycorrhizae Organik™ PRO-MIX MP Mycorrhizae Organik is an approved-organic, multi-purpose growing medium that contains a mycorrhizal inoculum (Glomus intraradices). Ingredients: Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss (65-75% by volume) COIR - HORTICULTURAL GRADE Perlite Limestone (pH adjuster and source of Calcium and Magnesium) MYCORRHIZAE - GHA297 TECHNOLOGY Mycorrhizae - GHA297 Technology is a Biological Growth Enhancer that increases the yield of plants by extending the root system to acquire the most of available nutrients in the soil. Mycorrhizae also improve resistance to root diseases and stresses.
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? *
Banner Greenhouses has been the only source to date. All transplants purchased have been organically grown.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
They are USDA certified organic
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). *
None currently.
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
There is a conventional garden area adjacent to the eastern 1/3 of the 5-acre growing area and conventionally grown pecans surrounding two sides of the 5-acre growing area. The pecans have in the past had only spot spraying around the trees trunk flare to control weeds immediately surrounding the trees with a 2% solution of Paraquat. All these pecans are relatively young and only some of them are just starting to come into production. The garden area is where the land owner grows some spring and summer crops to sell at a local farmers market. The landowner has used various products over the years in this area depending on the crops grown; however, I know that these have included Paraquat, Prowl, and Atrazine for weed control, and various fertilizers including 14-14-14 and 15-11-11 Pecan Special w/zinc.
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. *
1.5-acre production area: On north and west, forested areas at least 700-ft wide. East side, grassy area with a dirt road that is between 180 & 250-ft separating this area from the rest of the 7.5-acres included in this CNG application. To the south there is a grassy area with a dirt road that is approximately 200-ft wide before reaching a wooded area that is at least 400-ft wide before running into a pond, more woods. 7.5 acre production area (within a 10-acre fenced area): To the west, an ~200-ft grass area lies between 7.5 acres fields and the 1.5-acre growing included in this CNG application. To the south, an ~50-ft distance containing a grass road, separates the entirety of the 10-acre fenced area from a conventional pecan grove (between 250-ft & 350-ft wide). To the east there is a 50+' buffer that consists of grass and a dirt road before coming to conventionally managed pecan orchard (800-ft wide) before reaching a paved road with cattle pasture on the other side To the north, grass buffer ~60ft at its narrowest and ~150-ft at widest between growing areas and a dirt road--on the other side of the dirt road there are conventional fields generally containing hay or millet and vary in width and composition as follows:on the western end of the application area this conventional field if 150-ft wide, then a pond (~400ft wide), then more pecan orchards, on the eastern side this field stretches for over 1,500-ft before hitting woods. Within the entire 10-acre fenced area there is a 2-acre garden area in use by the landowner using conventional growing techniques. This area is separated from growing areas being applied for as CNG in this application by a 50-ft buffer space on the western and northern sides where it abuts the application areas. The landowner is supportive of efforts to use these areas as CNG and we are in dialogue about ways to minimize drift and runoff that might occur between areas.


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:
Lazy Summer Farm is located on leased land on a larger 500-acre property less than a mile from where I grew up. Currently this property is approximately half wooded and the other half in farm fields. Until this past year most of this was in conventional hay fields and newly planted pecan orchards, with a history that included other crops like corn and sorghum. The land owner also has had small acreages in vegetables and peaches over the years. This older landowner is supportive of my efforts to use CNG methods despite his continuing use of conventional methods in his pecans and 2-acre garden space. We have good communication that will allow us to prevent issues and maintain CNG certification in the designated areas. For example, with my assistance, we have been able to get over 50 acres leased to a farm producing USDA organic wheat starting this year.