Livestock Application

Honest Egg Farm

Owner: Michelle and Scott Boback

Address:
827 Pine Road
Carlisle, PA 17015
Cumberland County

daytime phone: (717) 713-1318
evening phone: (717) 486-7249
Web site: http://honesteggfarm.com/

Application Date: 2013-05-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We try to do things on our property that are beyond organic. We have no trouble selling our eggs but a certification like this will emphasize to our customers that we are even more serious about healthy food than they already think we are!
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? *
PASA Conference booth, 2013.
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 *
4.5
Number of above acres that you own: *
4.5
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
4.5
Hay:
4
Grains:
0
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:
We would like to list hay as CNG certified. Possibly chicken meat in the future.
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:
So far we've just sold eggs out of our house. This summer we've also sold hay. We live on a busy state road so we are easy to get to.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We have a 1959 tractor to make hay with but haven't tilled anything since planting a mixture of native cold and warm season grasses 3 years ago.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Hairy vetch and barley in our gardens.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm... grass clippings, leaves, straw (purchased)is added to the compost after spent from raising chicks when young or cold weather.
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 inch deep to gardens near house.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Chickens!
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". *
We move our chickens in a mobile coop so we rarely have enough extra to spread. They are spreading it!
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.
We had our property limed late last fall for the first time. It will need liming for a few more years according to the soil test. We used Ag Dolomite (crushed limestone)
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. *
Thistles are our weeds. We will will be mowing them so they can't spread by seed. Otherwise, we just don't sit in that part of the pasture. We manually pull other weeds if necessary.
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. *
We have a few apple trees that we've sprayed with Neem oil for the dreaded curculio. We are still working on making any apples.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use rain, rain barrel containment, and rain collected off of our barn into a cistern. There is a pump and filter so we can drink it ourselves and water our hens, gardens and trees.
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. *
33 black sex-linked and Rhode Island reds - current layers 16 golden comets to replace some of the layers
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.) *
Laying hens are moved weekly to fresh pasture or sooner depending on weather.
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? *
Feed is grown within an hour away purchased through a Fertrell agent who delivers the 80 bags of broiler or layer feed, and aragonite to our door. The feed is bagged at the farm we buy from. Not certified organic. Jason Fritz's feed in Newville. The certified organic Dickinson College farm uses this feed.
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. *
Cooper's hawks have taken our birds each of the last two springs to feed their young across the street in a wood lot. We move the hens more often and away from trees. We have a pretend coyote near the coop and play a radio (so far by trial and error!). We also keep walking predators at bay with a solar powered fence that so far has worked well but takes time to move. We haven't had problems with mites. We use preventative practices: keeping the hens clean and moving them frequently on pasture that they have only been on once or twice each season. The mobile chicken coop has a metal fencing floor so droppings go right into the pasture so the birds don't ever have to be near their excrement. Fresh hay from our pasture is used as nesting material is is also frequently changed out.
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 use good sanitation practices to avoided disease and parasitic infections: keeping the hens clean and moving them frequently on pasture that they have only been on once or twice each season. The mobile chicken coop has a metal fencing floor so droppings go right into the pasture so the birds don't ever have to be near their excrement. Fresh hay from our pasture is used as nesting material is is also frequently changed out. We overfed (too many snacks) a few of our first birds but so far have not had any disease problems with the hens on pasture. A state ornithologist helped me do an autopsy on one bird 3 years ago and discovered so much fat that he suggested the hen couldn't lay properly and had sepsis due to an egg being dropped into the coelomic cavity.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
None treated or quarantined. If there is ever anything wrong with a hen, we bring her inside to a dog crate and assess what's going on. She is culled if she cannot heal well.

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. *
Our neighbor is in the Clean and Green Government program which keep westerly and northwesterly winds from her property fairly clean! The main issue is being 5 feet from the state road. We've never had the edge of the electric fence closer to the state road than 15 meters. The coop itself has always been further away than that. The township hasn't sprayed the road edge at least for the 6 years that we've lived here - I mow along a good portion of the roadside edge so there is no need. We are also bordered also by a train track. The track is set about 20 below our property with a tree line barrier. We've planted native trees along this tree barrier to increase the 'protection'.

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:
As you can tell we are small but believe in everything CNG is trying to do. Keep up the great work CNG farmers!