Produce & Flowers

Robinson Heritage Farm

Owner: Phyllis Robinson

Address:
1115 Dawson Forest Rd W
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Dawson County

daytime phone: (704) 779-2259
evening phone: (704) 779-2259

Application Date: 2022-03-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are new small family farm and are practicing regenerative farming techniques. We currently have and indoor vertical farm for microgreens and edible flowers that we are interested in getting certified as Certified Naturally Grown.
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? *
Have known about it for some time as a great (and better in our opinion) alternative to Certified Organic.
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 a family farm. I have been a Certified Master Gardener and Certified Georgia Naturalist for several years. I have taken many organic growing classes. We have always used natural methods in our growing because that is our philosophy as stewards of the earth.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Indoor Vertical Farm
Number of above acreage that you own: *
17 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Microgreens
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
The above in microgreen stage in an indoor vertical grow farm
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:
Direct to consumer subscriptions with contactless delivery

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
N/A Indoor Vertical Farm
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
Gaia Green Organic 4-4-4 All Purpose Fertilizer GUARANTEED MINIMUM ANALYSIS Total Nitrogen (N)…………………….…4.0% Water Soluble Nitrogen (N)………3.0% Water Insoluble Nitrogen (N)…….1.0% Available Phosphoric Acid (P₂O₅) …….4.0% Soluble Potash (K₂O) …………….……4.0% DERIVED FROM Feather meal, alfalfa meal, bone meal, blood meal, glacial rock dust, natural rock phosphate, fishbone meal, mineralized phosphate, potassium sulphate, insect frass, basalt rock dust, humic acid, gypsum, kelp meal, oyster shell flour, greensand.
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. *
Microgreens grown in an indoor environment do not incur weeds. I a weed were to grow, we would hand pick it out.
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. *
Microgreens grown in an indoor environment do not routinely have insect challenges. Should one occur a natural method such as sticky traps or diatomaceous earth would be used.
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. *
Microgreens grown in an environmentally controlled indoor environment do not typically have a disease challenge. Our seeds we purchase are triple tested for pathogens. Should mold occur, we use aqueous ozone or diluted SaniDate 5.0 Sanitizer/Disinfectant mixture (Aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid)
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have a well and water filter. It has been tested.
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 mainly use True Leaf Market. We only use non-GMA seed and organic. We also use Mumms and Kitazawa
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? *
no
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. *
The buffer is an indoor, environmentally controlled grow space

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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
We are a microgreens farm using an indoor, environmentally controlled grow space.