Livestock Application

Hopeful Farms

Owner: Melvin D. & Pauline Fry

Address:
11526 N 400 W
Ligonier, IN 46767
Noble County

daytime phone: (260) 593-2991
evening phone: same

Application Date: 2019-07-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I support any organization that works to make this a cleaner and healthier world that doesn't support corporate food.
Are you currently third party Certified for your livestock 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: *
Our crops (all acreage) were certified organic from 2014-2019 Between 2010-2013 we were certified with CNG
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I saw an ad in a magazine-- probably Mother Earth News or Acres USA ?? 10 yrs. ago
Your application will be reviewed AFTER we receive a valid Feed Declaration for your farm. We ask you to submit the Feed Declaration within ONE MONTH to ensure your application isn't denied. Check this box to indicate you understand this. *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
74
Number of above acres that you own: *
64
Number of above acres that you lease: *
10
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
48
Hay:
7
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
18
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
14 woods, 4 barnyard, buildings, orchard, garden, etc. I used to raise organic grain but dropped most of the acreage I was leasing. Pasture: 48-53 acres Hay: 7-12 acres
Please check all items you grow and would like to market as Certified Naturally GrownTM (to certify produce, please complete the separate produce application) *



















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: *
Very little tillage is done - most fields go 7 years without.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Very little since the fields are covered with hay and pasture
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
I like to compost my manure
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". *
2 tons per acre every 3 years
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
From our own horse barn, cow shed & winter laying hen barn
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". *
2 tons per acre every 3 years
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.
Hi-cal lime. Used every 3-4 years depending on soil test results.
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
Describe your primary weed problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient(s), what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
Use brush mower, weedeater, haybine
Describe your primary plant pest problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s, what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
None
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water and some rain water from barn roof
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no

Livestock Management and Practices

Please list all livestock for which you seek certification by type/breed, and indicate how many of each are on the farm today (for example: belted galloways - 20, nubian goats - 5, orpington chickens - 7, frizzle chickens - 3) For animals that have not yet been stocked for the season (e.g. poultry or piglets) please estimate how many you expect to have on farm during the upcoming season. Only list livestock that are (or will be) managed according to CNG standards. *
Red Devon Beef- 24 cows, 8 steers, 6 heifers Large Black/Old spot pigs - 14 young pigs, 8 older pigs Cornish cross chicken - 200 (a batch of 400 later this summer) A mixed batch of 5 breeds of laying hens - 260 Broad-breasted white turkeys - 98 Lamb (? breed, Ill find out, sheep are still a little new around here) - 8
I affirm that all livestock listed on this application are raised according to Certified Naturally Grown standards. I further affirm that I will not represent ANY livestock products as Certified Naturally Grown if they have not been raised according to the standards required by Certified Naturally Grown. Any livestock treated with antibiotics or other prohibited substances will be quarantined and sold separately. All livestock are fed feed grown according to CNG standards - without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and free of any genetically modified grains (GMOs). *
Have all the livestock been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or since hatching? *
no
If no, please list, for each type/breed for which you seek certification, the date since which all your livestock of that type have been managed according to CNG standards. For poultry, indicate whether they have been managed according to CNG standards since the second day of life. *
We buy our pigs as babies from another farm thats non-GMO and their pigs have access to outdoors. (They bought pigs in the fall/winter 2018, have been feeding them organic since - AL 7/9)
I agree not to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock or livestock products that have not been under continuous CNG management for at least nine months (or in the case of diary products, for at least six months). I understand that if in the future I want to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock not named in this application, I may do so if the livestock has been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or, for poultry, the second day of life. Otherwise I shall contact CNG to obtain a variance. *
Give brief details of your rotation practice for each type and/or group of livestock. (E.g. heifers strip grazing behind electric fence moved daily, 28 day rotation, poultry rotated weekly - 3 pens.) *
Laying hens eggmobile moved weekly, all cattle have electric fence moved daily, sheep and pigs moved every 1 1/2-2 1/2 weeks depending on amount per pen during that time.
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
yes
Do your ruminant livestock obtain at least 30% of their dry matter intake from grazed forage during the growing season? *
yes
Do the animals listed above include poultry? *
yes
Do your poultry either (a) have a minimum of five square feet per bird of natural, grassy outdoor space or (b) do they have at least two square feet per bird and get moved at least one time per day to fresh new pasture? *
yes
Do your livestock spend most of their time on pasture during the growing season? *
yes
Is all feed grown according to Certified Naturally Grown standards (without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or post-harvest fungal treatments)? *
yes
For all livestock you seek to certify, please provide more information about the feed. Is it grown locally for you? Purchased in bulk at a mill? Bagged at the feed store? Is it Certified Organic? What brand, if any? *
Feed sources submitted to Gareth already and approved (AL 7/9)
Do you buy in some feed? *
yes
Will you be sure to submit a Feed Supplier Declaration within two weeks? (download it at naturallygrown.org/feed) Please note: when the big name brand companies say their feed is "Natural" that does not mean that they are grown according to CNG standards. It probably means they do not add antibiotics, which is a good start, but very likely the feed was grown with synthetic fertilizers and using genetically modified seeds. *
yes
Describe your primary livestock pest problems 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. *
Our pigs occasionally get swine-x, a neem bark based parasitical powder to treat for parasites. We like to hang a round bag out for the cattle to rub against with essential oils to repel flies.
Describe your primary livestock disease problems 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. *
We like to use dotterra essential oils to treat for sicknesses in the house and for animals. I also like to put organic vinegar in water occasionally as a prevention. Partial list of oils we use: meleuluca, lavender, oregano, peppermint, clove, lemon, connamon, frankinsence, eucalyptus, wild orange, rosemary, and many more.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
We have very little animal sickness.

Seeds and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
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 specific. On all sides, how far is it from your livestock pasture to the next closest use (i.e. road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Specify what is grown on neighboring land 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 a blueberry farm, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
Most neighboring land is organic. There are woods between my fields and my non-organic neighbor farmer.

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 livestock 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 ranch or farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same rancher or farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown livestock 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: