Produce & Flowers

Savory

Owner: Nancy Smith

Address:
Moscow, TN

daytime phone: (901) 493-7237
evening phone: (901) 493-7237
Web site: http://www.liveasavorylife.com

Application Date: 2021-03-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe in the peer-reviewed process of maintaining the safety and sustainability of our agricultural systems.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CNG c2016
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Prior producer. Was looking for alternatives to USDA Organic Certification.
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? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
<1 Acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
50
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
<1
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:
Possibly dyestuffs from native plants or crops grown for that purpose.
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:
Online store with local delivery

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
In my greenhouse, I use commercially produced organic potting soil in grow bags. That which is not sold with the transplants is rotated into a new crop the next year or applied to my garden patch. The garden patch may, or may not, produce crops for sale; it depends upon how well it does. The garden patch had been heavily tilled in 2016 and prior to incorporate more organic matter into my poor clay soil. I am rebreaking it again this year, so tillage is required, but I will minimize the tillage.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Ground is currently covered in native grasses/weeds. As the garden patch comes back into production, I plan to covercrop using, probably, taproot crops like sunflower and radish, as well as legumes.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Local grass clippings & leaves from my own property.
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". *
Grass/leaf clippings to 6" depth; official cover cropping rates will be determined in the summer and fall.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
A component in the Espoma products. I also use commercially available, OMRI certified worm castings
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". *
I apply 1/4 t. per 2 in pot every 2-3 weeks.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
In season: March-October.
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
In the greenhouse, I use Espoma products according to crop: Bio-Tone for transplanting, Tomato-Tone, Garden-Tone. Ingredients: feather meal, poultry manure, bone meal, alfalfa meal, greensand, sulfate of potash, sulfate of potash magnesia. Non-plant food ingredients: B. amlyloliquefaciens, B. licheniformis, B. megaterium, B. pumilus, B subtilis, Paenibacillus polymyxia. Potting mix: Miracle-Gro Organic Potting Mix: feather meal, soybean meal, bone meal, and sulfate of potash
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. *
I am, mostly, a greenhouse and use fresh potting mix and manual removal as weed control in the pots. In the upcoming garden patch, I will use cultivation and manual removal on the initial beds, then plan to use sileage tarps to prepare the beds for rotation. Be advised, my primary "crop" is transplants. The garden plot is experimental. I will also use Avenger around the perimeter, and flame-weeding or manual removal around the rest.
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. *
My primary challenges, so far, have been caterpillars. I use b. thuringens to kill them. I try to prevent aphids by managing nitrogen levels. Most of my stock moves before most bugs find it.
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. *
Because my business is, primarily, transplants, wilt is a constant danger. Fresh potting mix, sanitized flood trays/trays, and good sanitation are my primary means of prevention. I water the pans, rather than the plants, until they are ready to move outside.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
My home has a well on the Toone aquifer at a depth of 160 ft. This is well that my family and I drink from every day.
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. *
I choose certified organic seeds from Baker Creek, TomatoFest, Johnny's, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Botanical Interests, and Burpee. My Hatch chiles are from Sandia Seed Company and, according to Sandia, are harvested from plants grown using non-certified organic methods. I did not find any certified organic Hatch chile seeds. I will not list them as CNG as with my other products.
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. *
Miracle Gro Performance Organics: sphagnum peat moss, processed forest products, perlite, compost, yucca, feather meal, soybean meal, bone meal, and sulfate of potash
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? *
no
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
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.) *
Conventional precision ag farm to east, west, and south. Buffers to greenhouse are 200 ft on west, 400 ft. on south, and 1000 ft. on east.
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. *
Buffers to greenhouse are fallow fields 200 ft on west across my lawn, 400 ft. on south across fallow field and treerow, and 1000 ft. on east across fallow field and narrow hardwood plot.

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:
I am, primarily, a greenhouse, but may sell excess from personal plot which is grown according to CNG standards. The plot was included in the recent inspection.