Produce Application

Harbin Hill Farms

Owner: Richard Calkins

1689 Harbin Hill Rd.
Mountain City, TN 37683
Johnson County

Mailing Address:
1689 Harbin Hill Road
Mountain City, TN 37683

daytime phone: (703) 901-5981
evening phone: (703) 901-5981

Application Date: 2017-08-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I would like my efforts to grow produce organically to be recognized publicly, and to command a higher price point in local markets.
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? *
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
This is a renewal application for my produce operation.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Through SSAWG, Mother Earth News, and the farmer I interned with last year.

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: *
Permanent raised beds
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
a variety of grains, legumes, radishes, etc.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
A combination of on-farm sources (grass and leaves), purchased (certified organic bags) and compost from a municipal re-cycling operation in Bristol, Va (accepted by certifying agents for USDA organic certification).
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". *
4 wheelbarrows er 1000 sq ft
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. *
Harmony organic certified fertilizer Browns organic fish fertilizer
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. *
grasses, mainly, plus some thorny pig weed, clover, and morning glory. Main objective is to prevent weeds from getting started (landscape fabric and mulch used around raised beds), and to stay on top of weed infestation by hand weeding on a timely basis. Have also started planting transplants through plastic mulch.
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. *
Flee beetles (eggplant), cabbage worms (brassicas) harliquin bugs (also brassicas), bean beetles, cucumber beetles, and squash vine borers. I use pyganic on many of these bugs, and bt on others (mainly cabbage worms).
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. *
Early blight on tomatoes, powdery mildew on squash, mozaic leaf disease on cucumbers. I use serande, an organic fungicide, and copper, usually alternating between the two. I monitor for bugs and diseases on a regular basis and remove bugs and diseased leaves by hand to the extent possible. When certain thresholds are exceeded, I then begin a regular spraying program with organically certified products until issues are under control.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I have access to a nearby spring, which I have had tested for contaminants (no detectable levels), and in the event the spring goes dry (during drought periods) I have access to city water. They monitor the quality of their water on a regular basis and post results on line.
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") *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Banner Greenhouses in Marion, NC, which grows organic plugs.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
They are a certified organic greenhouse operation.
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. *
Previously, there were Christmas tree operations on neighboring properties, but these have since been discontinued and the trees pulled out and burned, so spray/drifting is not longer a risk. (The earlier risk was mitigated by the distances between my growing acreage and the trees, which provided a bufferl On the east is residential area; to the south is a small beef cattle operation, to the west is my own 26 acre wood lot, and to the north are hay fields. Other than the now-departed Christmas tree growers, none of my neighbors have reason to spray. The hay producers to the north use a chemical fertilizer, with potential run-off onto my property, but I maintain a 100 plus yard buffer zone on that side of the property.


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 in the process of preparing for organic certification for my entire farm, which I hope to achieve next spring - mostly to establish that I am able to meet those standards.