Produce & Flowers

Old Dial Road Farm

Owner: Jeffery Morris

Address:
470 Old Dial Road
Morganton, GA 30560
Fannin County

daytime phone: (609) 577-7099
evening phone: (609) 577-7099
Web site: http://Olddialroadfarm.com

Application Date: 2022-02-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been growing organically for the last 3 years. Feel it is important that our customer base is aware that we hold our growing practices to a high standard.
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? *
From a local farmer who grows organically but is CNG. My transplant starts supplier is certified naturally grown.
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 grew up on the farm. When we came back spent 3 years prepping the soil with green manure - peas, vetch, clover and rye. We planted in the spring and fall. We also planted 2 acres of wild flowers. We are now in year 3 growing produce for market using organic principals and very much in accordance with CNG standards.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
20
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
4
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
16
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:
Supply food for community food bank

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
On the acreage that we grew vegetables year 1 and 2 we used a conventional tractor and harrow to prepare each of our 12 fields. We also used a BCS Walk-Behind tractor to lay out each bed. All compost and amendment's are incorporated using a power harrow. As the beds become more permanent we used a combination of the BCS and a plastic mulch layer to form beds. Every bed is broad-forked and amendments applied by hand.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Austrian winter peas, vetch, clover, winter rye and Daikon radish's
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Compost is purchased from Longwood Plantation, Newington, GA. We also compost all of our weeding's and excess harvest waste which is not used back on the fields.
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". *
30 cubic yards 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. *
We purchase all of our amendments from Seven Springs Farm. We use the NeverSink Blend for our Protein meal. Soft Rock Phosphate, Sul-PO-MAG/K-Mag, Lime. Plus trace minerals boron, copper, zinc and Manganese. We blend on site according to our soils report
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
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. *
Crab grass and other grasses, purslane and some chickweed. We use silage tarps, plastic mulch or landscape fabric for crops over 60 days in the field. We also flame weed prior to seeding and re-flame weed just before emergence. We also tine weeds and cultivate with a stirrup hoe.
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. *
Aphids, flea beetles, hornworms, squash bugs and cucumber beetles. On all of our squash and cucumbers, after transplant we cover with insect netting until first blossoms, seems to help- after that we use a watchful eye every morning and either spray with safer soap, Dipel, Azaguard or Pyganic. In the greenhouse we also use Sluggo - for slugs. We never use anything before a rain or the day before harvest.
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. *
Downey mildew - we grow our most susceptible produce on landscape fabric and we drip irrigate to reduce the humidity. When a plant has become infected it is pulled from the field. It is not composted.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well
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 purchase 99% of our seeds from Johnnys Seeds
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. *
Vermont Compost Company Fort Vee mix purchased from Seven Springs
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Banner Greenhouses, Nebo, NC
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes-they are CNG and 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). *
N/A
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. *
We live in a wooded mountainous rural community. Nearest house is 300 yards away from nearest growing field. To the east there is a country road along about 400 feet of the growing fields and lies mostly 10+ feet below the fields. On the North there is a 2 acres wildflower field. On the south there is a 4 acre grassed area which is not grazed or fertilized- to the west there is 10 acres of pine and hardwoods. There are no other vegetable farms within 20 miles

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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