Produce & Flowers

Little Hill Farm

Owner: Zach and Maetinee Gunter

Address:
Cottontown, TN

Web site: http://www.thelittlehillfarm.com

Application Date: 2022-05-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
On our farm, we believe in cultivating our soil's health to produce healthy vegetables, fruits and flowers. We also are passionate about growing our produce in the most natural way possible without the use of synthetic fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides. We grow our food for our community, but also for our family. We believe that it is important to know how our food is grown and under what conditions.
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? *
We heard about about Certified Naturally Grown through Honey Tree Farm.
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? *
My husband and I have always had a small garden for our family and both of our fathers farmed. We have been learning about CNG standards by watching and learning from farmers who use this method. We are passionate about the health and biodiversity of our soil in order to grow food that is better for us and our community.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.3
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:
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: *
We use BPA free silage tarps, broadfork, action hoe, and rake.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We make our compost using leftover crops from the farm and our grass clippings. We also purchase additional compost from Holy Cow.
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". *
1.5-2 cubic yards per 3000 square feet
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local aged manure from dairy and horse farms
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". *
one wheelbarrow load per 1000 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall
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. *
We use compost and Happy Frog Fertilizer: ingredients: Tomato & Vegetable formula is pH-balanced with premium organic ingredients like bat guano, kelp meal, alfalfa meal, fish meal and humic acid, a naturally occurring organic material that is formed when organic matter decomposes. Humic acid helps with seed germination and may increase the uptake of important micronutrients
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? *
no
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. *
We have bermuda grass and control it with silage tarps all winter. We torch the grass using a propane torch. We control the grass with cardboard laid under our compost beds and for the walkways we use cardboard and wood chips. For any stubborn grass, we use our action hoe and pull it up.
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. *
Beetles, slugs and caterpillars are our insect challenges. We control these by using castile soap spray, hand picking the insects off, insect netting, and diatomaceous earth. We use these over the course of summer and as insect problems occur. The castile soap spray is used periodically-approximately every two weeks.
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. *
So far, the biggest problem as been black spot on our flowers and fruit. We use the castile soap spray to keep the insects off that may spread the disease. We also hand pick off or clip diseased leaves or branches.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We water our crops with our water tap from the city.
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 select our seeds from Johnny's seeds and when available, we purchase organically grown seeds.
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? *
We mix our own
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
We use OMRI-approved mushroom compost and OMRI-approved perlite when we do not have enough of our own farm-made compost.
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? *
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. *
Our farm is bordered on all sides by a matured and thick tree line. The farm sits in the middle of sixteen acres all together that are bordered by these trees. The farm is 350 feet from the road.

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 excited about this program because it aligns perfectly with our mission and values for our farm!