Produce & Flowers

Grace Farm

Owner: Bonnie Young

4311 Grindstone Ridge Rd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Sevier County

daytime phone: (305) 432-0558

Application Date: 2022-02-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I'm wanting to wholesale my produce at the Knoxville Three Rivers Coop and they require certification. I also want to be able to retail my produce at the local Sevierville Farmers Market and believe the certification would make my product more marketable.
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? *
Phoned another organic grower in GA who explained the process and referred me to Naturally Grown 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? *
I grew up on a dairy farm and also helped in our family garden. I've gardened on and off most of my life. I'm now 69. Had a 1/2 acre garden last year with great success and gave lots of produce away. I now want to move out of a hobby garden into a revenue-producing product.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/2 acre
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: *
Plow and rototiller pulled by a tractor
Do you use Cover Crops? *
Do you use Compost? *
Do you use Manure? *
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Manure from my donkey.
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". *
1/2 inch per 1/2 acre
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. *
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. *
Landscape fabric and pine straw mulch between rows and of course manual weeding.
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. *
Aphids get into the green beans. I've used non-detergent soap and garlic. As well, as manually picking them off of plants with diligent paying attention. I've given up keeping the voles out of the tomatoes. Just grow enough of them so they get some and so do I. I've also given up on growing melons cause cant keep the bears out of them.
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. *
Last year I harvested approximately 150 pounds of potatoes, 30 gallons of cucumbers, never-ending okra, and winter squash. No problem with disease. The aphids in the green beans were the challenge. Too much rain gave the green beans a hard time. Onions planted too close together kept them from maturing properly. They were healthy but small. The zucchini did well but should have been planted earlier. Tomatoes were also abundant. I also grew a small amount of greens that did well. The year before I attempted broccoli and cauliflower that didn't do well because of temperatures.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Personal well water that us humans consume also.
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. *
Organic seeds from Tractor supply
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 any transplants from outside sources? *
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. *
We own 22 acres and the 1/2 acre garden is almost in the middle of the property. Our wooded area is at least 100 yards to the east. Creek and road at least 200 yards from road on the west. Neighbor to the north at least 200 yards away with tree line and residential and woods only. House and road at least 200 yards to the south with no agriculture across either of the roads. All wooded and residential.


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 will be obtaining 2 steer calves in April that will be pastured around the garden area. They also will be raised as if they are certified naturally grown but I'm not seeking that certification this year. We will not be using fertilizers, GMO feeds, or synthetic pesticides on them or the pasture.