Tillman Rabbit FarmOwner: Marjorie Ford
8313 Thompson School Road
Corryton, TN 37721
11032 Flotilla dr
Knoxville, TN 37934
daytime phone: (865) 300-9688
evening phone: (865) 300-9688
Application Date: 2013-06-10
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I want to use safe practices to produce my vegetables, and I feel that this is the best way to accomplish that goal.
- 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? *
- My neighbor, Jana Graziano, has a Certified Naturally Grown operation.
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: *
- I originally broke ground in a pasture that had been fallow for 4 years, with a plow and tiller on the tractor. This was necessary to prepare the land for garden crops. This fall we will implement the use of a cover crop that we can turn under as a green manure. I will be researching minimum-till practices to implement in subsequent seasons.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- When the season is done we will plant a mixture of cereal rye & crimson clover to use as a green manure.
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
- We raise rabbits, and that is the source of our manure.
- 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". *
- Applied down the rows about an inch deep, and at the base of caged plants (tomatoes) the same.
- 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 have adjusted the soil pH with sulphur powder around the blueberries
- 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. *
- Queen Anne's Lace and pigweed I have spent considerable time and effort pulling by hand,then covering the bare earth with foodgrade burlap coffee sacks to prevent reinfestation
- 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. *
- I am hanging stips of mylar to to tomato cages to discourage thrips, and doing companion plantings with marigolds
- 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. *
- At our old house we dealt with Blossom rot on our tomatoes, and treated it by incorporating crushed up egg shells into the soil. So far on this plot I haven't seen that. I intend to use crop rotation to forestall disease.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We have an unnamed tributary creek that runs through our property. I have seen gilled snails in it, which is one indicator of waterway health. The fish, frogs and turtles are also abundant, so I have not seen a reason to have it tested.
- 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. *
- 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. *
- 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? *
- Next door, Jana Graziano of Clear Springs Farm. Her operation is Certified Naturally Grown
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- 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. *
- There is a treeline and 30 yards of fallow field between the road on the northeast and our lower field, and a treeline and about 20 yards to the yard on the ENE. The upper field is bordered by woods and at least half an acre of unmanaged grassland on each of the other three sides.
- 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:
- I am a Beekeeper, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Knox County Beekeeper's Association, and I work for the Lower Clinch Watershed Council, and because of these associations I am well versed in the environmental threats present. That is why I want to be a part of Certified Naturally Grown and promote the organization.