Twin Hills FarmOwner: Don, Kelly, Josh Bender
110 Brennan Lane
Evans City, PA 16033
daytime phone: (724) 713-0587
evening phone: (724) 306-1059
Web site: http://www.twinhills.farm
Application Date: 2021-03-01
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- This program is our way to provide a level of assurance to our peers and community that we value and preserve the natural methods of growing anything on our farm.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your livestock operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- 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. *
- How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
- Number of above acres that you own: *
- Number of above acres that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- 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:
- Private Sales
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- No designated tillage system
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- Please note general sources of manure: *
- Cattle manure form wintering in the barn, Chicken manure from the laying coop
- 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 ton per acre annually
- 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)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- 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. *
- Minimal weed problems. Allow animals access to most areas. Have not used any product on weeds.
- 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. *
- Plant pest problems are minimal if any. Do not use any pesticide or control method beyond allowing the animals access to pastures.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Two on farm wells. Fresh Spring on property.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
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. *
- 6 belted galloways 13 Berkshire Pigs 150 egg laying chickens(multiple breeds domenique/rhode island reds etc) 600+ meat chickens(will be stocked in spring 150 per order over 4 months) 25 Turkeys-bronze Golden breasted
- 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? *
- 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.) *
- Belted Galloways- Allowed access to pasture behind electric fence rotated every two weeks or more if necessary. Berkshire Pigs- Rotated on Pasture every two weeks or as necessary when ground has been turned over Egg Laying Chickens- Free Range entirely year round- access to coop for overnight/egg boxes. Meat Chickens- In mobile chicken tractors on pasture moved twice daily to allow access to fresh grass Turkeys-In turkey tractor on pasture moved daily.
- Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
- Do your ruminant livestock obtain at least 30% of their dry matter intake from grazed forage during the growing season? *
- Do the animals listed above include poultry? *
- 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? *
- Do your livestock spend most of their time on pasture during the growing season? *
- Is all feed grown according to Certified Naturally Grown standards (without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or post-harvest fungal treatments)? *
- 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? *
- Belted Galloways- 100% grass fed from on farm pasture grazing in Spring/Summer/Fall- hay for the winter. All other animals are fed a 100% Certified Organic Feed Sourced from New Country Organics. We purchase in bulk through a local feed supplier.
- Do you buy in some feed? *
- 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. *
- 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 have had very minimal livestock pests other than mice in the chicken coop from time to time. We do not use any products to control simply try to keep the coop as clean as possible- clean out every couple weeks and replace bedding as necessary.
- 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 have had very minimal livestock diseases however we did purchase a few pigs three years ago from a farm in Iowa and they had some respiratory issues upon arrival. We combatted with adding kelp and 100% food grade diatamaceous earth to their feed and kept them quarantined until the symptoms resided.
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
- We do not have any livestock on the property at this time that have been treated or quarantined under our ownership.
Seeds and Buffers
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- 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 farm field to our west that is used for hay and another field to our northwest that is used for corn/soybeans depending on the year. We believe he has used roundup in the past however he has started to eliminate that process given recent findings and our influence.
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- There is a 50-100 yard buffer of trees dividing our fields from the conventional hay field to the west and several hundred yards between the soy bean crop field to the northwest. The bean field to the northwest is down in a valley that helps to act as a buffer as well.
- 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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