Livestock Application

Drover's Trail Natural Farms

Owner: Koren Finnestad

Address:
3755 Caton Farm Rd
Minooka, IL 60447-8689
Kendall County

daytime phone: (814) 409-1814
evening phone: (814) 409-1814
Web site: http://www.droverstrailnaturalfarms.com

Application Date: 2018-07-16

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are an all natural produce farm and desiring to be 3rd party certified. We do not want to deal the government regarding our farm practices and therefore, have ruled out the term 'Organically Grown'.
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? *
Mike Brabo, a CNG farmer in Missouri.
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 *
165
Number of above acres that you own: *
45
Number of above acres that you lease: *
120
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
yes
How many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
64
Please list what crops/products/livestock you are growing conventionally, and explain why they are excluded from certification. *
corn & soybeans At the present time, we have 64 acres of conventional land that we are transitioning into non GMO corn & soy beans this year and are hoping to shift it to all organic hay. Our oldest son lives on this 160 acre farm and has slowly been transitioning the farm to an all organic 'natural' farm. My husband and I live across the field on a 5 acre, all organic farm where we raise chicken for meat and eggs and fresh produce.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
1
Hay:
0
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
4
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
we have about 4 acres in fresh produce, we also have a few bee hives in this area.
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:
herbicide, fungicide & pesticide fresh produce honey
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:
Frankfort Farmer's Market: Frankfort, IL Sunday mornings Naperville Farmer's Market: Naperville, IL Saturday mornings Farm Stand on the farm: 3755 Caton Farm Rd., Minooka, IL Fri: 5-7pm Sat: 2-5pm

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
chisel plow, roto tiller and hand rake
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
horse manure provided by our son, whom he supplies local horse farmers with his organic hay, chicken manure from our farm and mushroom compost from an organic source; compost supply.
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". *
1/2in per bed. each bed is 100 feet long 5 feet wide. We have a total of 27 beds
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
horse manure provide from our son. He provides local horse farmer's with his organic hay and we use this manure. Chicken manure from our farm and mushroom compost from an organic source; compost supply.
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
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)? *
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. *
we weed everything by hand. We hire employees to help keep our weeds under control.
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. *
Asian beetles, mites, aphids we use liquid chrysanthemum monthly application if necessary. organic fish emulsion dimotaceous earth
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well water
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. *
cattle 2 (we're at the end of our season; usually have around 10c chickens: 220 layers meat chickens: 100 (not at the moment, but we raise them annually)
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 only have one
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? *
nature wise bagged for the chickens; all natural produce not sold and when beds are replanted they get the surplus non gmo locally grown grain for the cattle and all natural hay and grass
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. *
chicken intestinal issues: apple cider vinegar or fermented fruits and vegetables (none for the past 5 years) cattle: no pest issues at this time They have had ringworm, which usually occurs in the winter and the sun and green pasture usually fixes the problem
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. *
cattle: no pest issues at this time They have had ringworm, which usually occurs in the winter and the sun and green pasture usually fixes the problem
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
we have only 2 beef cattle at this time; which are going to market in August. We raise them all winter for a summer harvest.

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. *
The buffer we have is a minimum of 50 feet of our grass, (which is not treated with anything), and a berm. We have a sod farm surrounding us on the North, East & West. We know they put down copper powder and fertilizer pellets, they use very little herbicide. They only apply on non windy days. We know the owner of the sod farm and he is aware the of fact that we are an all natural on our farm. On our 160 acre farm, our produce and cattle are buffered by a 300 feet border which consists of hay or prairie grasses.

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:
We have been selling 'all natural', pesticide, fungicide, herbicide, hormone and antibiotic fresh produce for the past 7 years. We have been selling bulk beef, chicken and eggs for the past 25 years. We use very clean and sustainable farming practices: likewhen washing our fresh produce, our excess water is drained into a holding tank for future gardening purposes. We don't take short cuts, we hand weed and pay employees to help. Currently we employ 12 people this is in addition to my husband and myself. We raised our 6 children on this farm and have always grown very clean food. I personally made all my own baby food. Nutrition is a huge factor form me and my family and we know that it all starts with healthy soil and clean non tainted produce. We also specialize in fermented foods to help so many people heal from the inside out.