Livestock Application

Perennial Roots Farm

Owner: Stewart Lundy

Address:
23345 Decormis Street, #538
Accomac, VA 23301
Accomack County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 538
Accomac, VA 23301

daytime phone: (757) 709-8761
evening phone: (757) 709-8761
Web site: http://www.perennialroots.com

Application Date: 2017-02-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Because we would like to be able to guarantee to our customers the quality of the produce we are selling, especially when we travel to markets further away from the farm itself. As we get further away, it is harder for customers just to pop in and visit us, so a third-party verification helps show our willingness to be open about our practices and gives customers confidence.
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? *
Always known about it but was reminded at PASA recently that I needed to apply.
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 *
50
Number of above acres that you own: *
45
Number of above acres that you lease: *
5
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
29
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
21
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
5 orchard, 15 wooded, 1 market garden.
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:
We do not yet have cattle, but plan to get cattle in 2017.
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: *
No-till + Yeomans Pasture Plow for orchard and pasture. Non-inverting power harrow for vegetable beds, cover cropping, mulching and composting, plus biodynamic sprays and compost teas.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Peas, Beans, Rye, Vetch, Oats, Ryegrass, Daikon radish, Red and White Clover, Lespedeza, and more. As much diversity as possible.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On-farm materials: leaves, cover crop tops, liquid manures from our animals, clay, and biodynamic preparations.
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". *
weekly compost tea behind livestock rotation, 1-2 tons per acre per year market garden
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
organic homesteader owns a dairy cow and we use some as ingredient for specialty batch compost.
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". *
no raw manure used.
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.
BrixBlend Basalt, GeoBond Diatomaceous Montmorillonite, SEA-90, Azomite. Basalt is mixed into our Barrel Compound. Sesequehanna rock dust (can provide mineral content printout), and very little else at all. Ingredients are OMRI approved. Rock is used under fruit trees once per season. Clay is allowed as a free-feed option for livestock. Clay is mixed into a "tree paste" for tree health.
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. *
Hand weeding. Mulching. Hoeing. No herbicides. No sprays.
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. *
Squash bugs and hornworms. By hand. No products used.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We rely almost entirely on rain, but we have a deep well as a backup.
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. *
Gulf Coast Native Sheep - 18, Black Norfolk Spanish Turkeys - 6, Silver Fox Rabbits - 8, American Mulefoot Hogs - 42 New Zealand Kune Kune - 16 American Geese - 3 Cotton Patch Geese - 5 African Geese - 2 Delaware Chickens - 12 Red Sex Link - 5 Dominique - 4 Ameraucana - 5 Salmon Favorelle - 8 Silver Appleyard - 7 Magpie - 3
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? *
yes
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.) *
We rotate all animals DAILY to new pasture, except for a rest on Saturday. Animals return to the same spot after about 60 days.
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? *
We get almost all our feed bulk from a local source: Cutfresh Organics, LLC in Eden, MD here on the eastern shore. I purchase directly from the farmer. The rabbit pellets and a few other items we get from New Country Organics.
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. *
We rarely use an herbal wormer. As a preventative, we allow free feeding of diatomaceous montmorillonite and use intensive mob grazing to keep animals on fresh pasture. We do not have worm problems. But we preempt any potential worm/parasite issues by occasionally using an herbal wormer. We have predator pressure which we manage with electronet fencing. If an animal is injured, we clean and sterilize the wound with betadine or hydrogen peroxide. During the heat of the summer months when fly pressure becomes an issue, we make sure all water is fresh several times a day, we spray BD barrel compound behind where the animals have rotated and chain harrow behind where the animals have been to break up manure which attracts the flies. We allow free feeding of diatomaceous montmorillonite for all animals which helps reduce the smell of their manure, thus making it less attractive for flies and pests.
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. *
Prevention is our number one way of combatting disease concerns. We have never had to use antibiotics here on our farm. When animals might exhibit disease symptoms, we isolate the sick animal and put it on a special diet of fermented foods and, if necessary, an herbal wormer like pumpkin seeds. We rarely experience illnesses on the farm, but we manage by quarantine. Our biggest challenge has been an animal occasionally eating something poisonous like a mushroom, when this occurs we make sure to give the animal plenty of fresh water and keep it away from the other animals where it can rest, unbothered. We've found that always allowing the animals access to fresh pasture really helps reduce disease and the potential for disease. Clean conditions: pasture, water and feed are vital to keeping healthy animals.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
The only time we've ever had to quarantine animals is when we've brought new breeding stock onto the farm. Any new breeding stock brought onto the farm is typically quarantined for about a week, so that we can watch it for disease or any parasite issues. After a week of observation we release it in with the other animals. We've also had to isolate rabbits in the past for worm issues. This has never lasted longer than a week and afterwards was returned to the rabbitry without any issues.

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? *
yes
Please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.) and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
There is a conventional field across the road from us, and we have planted a hedgerow to buffer us from any possible drift. We have also allowed a 30ft+ buffer strip to mitigate any possible drift.
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 South East, across a road, there is a conventional no-till plot of land. To the west, across another road, is another conventional no-till farm. We try to keep animals and all crop production far away from these sources. We have planted hedgerows to grow to block any possible drift.

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:
Perennial Roots is a permanent agriculture farm that employs biodynamic methods and rhythms. We employ a distinctly modern approach to farming while at the same time utilizing historic heritage breed animals and cultivating heirloom vegetables. We encourage a diverse and thriving plant life throughout our farm. We've learned that the maximum amount of life combined with a maximum diversity of life brings health. We use no synthetic chemicals because the one-sided attack against any aspect of an ecosystem invariably creates a one-sided ecosystem. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction and farming is no exception. Extremism fosters extremism. Only dynamic moderation perpetuates a living equilibrium. We believe that a healthy thriving soil is our first line of defense against pests and disease the same way that a healthy thriving gut is our first line of defense against infections. Rather than trying to eliminate the weeds, we integrate them into our system of regeneration. Cover crops, perennial grasses, interplanting, complexity of plant life are guiding principles of our farm. Recycling, sheet mulching, composting and giving back more to the land than we have taken from it are all key in our efforts toward a vibrant ecosystem and a sustainable permaculture farm. We are committed not merely to nominally sustainable practices, but to actively regenerative practices that improve fertility with every passing season. We use intensive multi-species rotational grazing which maintains the health of our animals and of our soil. Behind our livestock rotation we spray special biodynamic sprays to help accelerate the process of healing.