Livestock Application

Wolf Farm

Owner: Steven & Rebecca Wolf

Address:
30451 Micah LN
Meadowview, VA 24361
Washington County

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

Application Date: 2015-03-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We raise chickens for egg and meat production. We sell our eggs at the farmers market and desire to have the CNG certification to help promote those sales.
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? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Facebook and Mother Earth News.
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 *
22
Number of above acres that you own: *
22
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
22
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
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: *
Tractor with a tiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Tillage Radish, Buckwheat, Oats, Winter Pea, Hairy Vetch and Winter Rye.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On Farm and purchased from Red Bud 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". *
1/2 cubic yards per 1000 sq ft
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Horses and Donkeys from our farm.
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". *
1/4 cubic yards per 1000 sq ft
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.
Purchase Nature Safe 8-5-5 fertilizer and Nature Safe 13-0-0 fertilizer. Harmony 5-4-3. Azomite Granular. Sea-90. Bio-Link 0-5-5. Feathermeal 13-0-0.
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. *
Chic weed, Purslane, Garlic Mustard, Horse Nettle, clover. Plastic mulch, mechanical cultivation and hand pulling of weeds. Serenade, Green Cure, Insecticidal Soap & Spinosad.
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. *
Japanese beetles, Mexican been beetle, Colorado Potato beetle, Stink bugs, Cucumber and Squash beetles. Neem Oil is sprayed on plants when beetles are first seen and then every two weeks after. Japanese beetle traps are used around the perimeter of the garden. Attractant plants are also used around the perimeter of the gardens (e.g. Holly Hocks).
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have drinking water supplied by Washington County, VA. This is the water we currently use for irrigation.
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. *
Americana Chickens - 2, Black Sexlink - 2, Barred Plymouth Rock - 1, White Plymouth Rock - 7, Bantam Hen - 1.
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. *
The Americana chickens and Bantam Hen were all purchased at a livestock exchange at the local feed store. We have been feeding these chickens organic feed since 3-15-15. The Black Sexlink and Barred Plymouth Rock were acquired from a friend in October 2014 and had not received any antibiotics or medicines, but only have been fed organic feed since 3-15-15. The White Plymouth Rock were acquired from a friend in May 2015 as chicks and have been raised according to CNG standards.
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.) *
Chickens are free range and are put up in a coop each night. No rotation necessary.
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
no
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? *
We have been feeding organic feed since March 2015. New Country Organics Layer and Broiler feed is our current supplier.
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. *
Mites and lice are possible issues, we manage by keeping coop area clean with fresh pine shavings. If birds become infected we can treat with dichotomous soil around the coop and adding fresh garlic to the water. We also add Kelp to feed to supplement their mineral needs. We add Apple Cider Vinegar to the water during warm months to help prevent worm issues. Predators are also a problem (i.e. Hawks, coon, fox). We keep the birds roosted in a protected coop at night and have dogs around the farm during the day.
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. *
Bacterial or Viral diseases are likely especially respiratory infections. Our best method is to prevent these from happening by keeping the coop clean and well ventilated.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
We have 13 chickens that free range on our property during the day and are put up in a coop in the evening for protection. The Coop is over 250 square feet of space with 14 nesting boxes and several roosting posts.

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. *
To the north, south and east there is at least 150 yards of woods separating our property from our neighbors. To the west ~300 feet of our pasture area borders our neighbors homestead.

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. *
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