Produce Application

Still Waters Farm

Owner: Marv and Peggy Adam

7004 Fairview Rd
Corryton, TN 37721
Knox County

daytime phone: (865) 414-5508
evening phone: (865) 281-0894
Web site:

Application Date: 2014-05-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
The reason we are applying is reflected in our mission statement: To provide high quality local products, grown with sustainable and natural methods, in a pleasant, peaceful and safe environment for people, animals, insects, organisms and plants. Our desire is to be a Sustainable Farm (defined according to Still Waters Farm) - An agricultural system in which the natural cycles work in concert with one another with little or no intervention from human actions that stop the biological processes - in essence a closed system instead of an open system. We care very much each component of the ecological system and believe that small scale agriculture can fit into this in a simple way. While we focus on this, we do not ignore the cash based economic system in which our society functions. This results in use of OMRI certified pesticides in order to function within the system of production typical of our society. This is why all of our products are produced in a way that adhere to what we consider a sustainable farm.
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? *
We first heard about CNG through our local food coop, Three Rivers Market, Knoxville, TN. The land has actually been certified in the past under a different business, Blooming Earth Flowers. Blooming Earth Flowers has since postponed flower production on Still Waters Farm property as they decide on the direction of future business endeavors.

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? *
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
The acreage in question runs 3-4 beef cattle and 50 dual purpose buff oprington chickens. 3/4 of an acre gets sowed with grass and clover seed that are not certified for the chickens. The cattle have the rest of the acerage. Feed for both the cows and chickens is not GMO certified. We are working on converting to organic methods for certification.
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:
We are also producing blue berry and wild blackberry wine. We have a farm winery license from the State of Tennessee and would like to say that our berries were produced in accordance with Certified Naturally Grown standards on our label.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We mainly have blueberry perennial crops. We have a very specific system of auguring for drainage, soil amendment with peat moss and pine in conjunction with perma-culture methods that have proved very beneficial for the plants.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
We do use cover crops of crimson clover for our home garden use and bumper crops of vegetables. We are mainly seeking approval of our blueberries though and there is no tilling that happen with those just mowing in between the rows.
Do you use Compost? *
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Peat moss, Pine soil conditioner, Holly Tone-Espoma, Pelleted sulfur - ,kelp meal-Espoma, and pine chip mulch.
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. *
Hand cultivation, mowing, weed eating. We do not use herbicides - period.
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 - grub stage- milky spore at planting - adult stage - pheromone traps, the captured beattles are then fed to the chickens. Drosophila suzukii - spinosid - spray We encourage beneficial insects as much as possible
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. *
mummy berry - cut away affected portion of bush and mulch disturbance in the spring while fruiting body is present during spring fertilization, and discarding of mummified fruit during season. phytophthora root rot - mound building while planting for proper drainage, pine logs for absorption of extra moisture, and replacement of dead plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well on property.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

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? *
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
We are looking to get certified in the next couple of years for our selling blueberry plants. We are not currently doing this, but look forward to doing it in the future.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Sources outside of the 36 month period are finch blueberry nursery. These bare root plants will not produce for a full calendar year from planting.
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). *
3 year old blueberry stock.
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. *
to the south we have 30 yards that separates the blueberries from the road within the past month the county removed the natural brush that was a barrier. We would like to plant a hedge row to re-establish this barrier. 30 feet to the east is a subdivision with a grass yard with at least and acre of yard. We have never observed any spray or chemical applications, only mowing. The land to the north has the farm house with 125 feet of yard between the field and the house. The land to the west is one acre of our land that is currently unused other than when you-pick season is open. This land is separated by our driveway. There is over growth on both sides of the driveway. We have people park on a small portion of this land when you-pick is open.


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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