Livestock Application

Summer Solstice Farm

Owner: Enrique Hernandez & Frances Cornett

Address:
301 River Rd
Pohatcong, NJ 08865
Warren County

daytime phone: (908) 505-5786
evening phone: (212) 203-8731
Web site: http://summersolsticefarm.com

Application Date: 2016-02-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe this program reflects our values in relation to animal husbandry and fruit and vegetables production.
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? *
Internet search
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 *
2.5
Number of above acres that you own: *
28
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
2.5
Hay:
0
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
2
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Fruits and vegetables
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: *
Hand spading
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On 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". *
once a year 1 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Donkey manure, on 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". *
once per year
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.
None
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. *
Crab grass, removed with hand tools
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. We use nematodes for control and allow ducks to forage the area.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water on site. Minimal amounts.
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. *
29 Cayuga ducks (hatched on farm), 8 feeder pigs during the summer and fall (purchased from Bennicoff Farm, natural breeder in Allentown, PA, raised with sows on pasture until weaning at6-7 weeks, no medication of any kind is given) 3 nigerian dwarf goats, 2 Sardinian donkeys.
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.) *
Hogs are fattened from May to December. Pasture raised, 5400 square feet pen with housing used by pigs at liberty. Ducks roam 1 acre of orchard where they provide pest control. Goats and donkeys have an enclosure of 15,000 square feet,
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? *
no
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 for ducks and hogs is bought from certified organic mill (McGeary in PA) Hay is bought from local farmer (Czar Farm) half a mile away and is produced organically.
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. *
Ducks have no pest problems. Hogs receive diatomaceous earth for worm prevention in their feed. Goats and donkeys get de on their body for lice and organic apple vinegar in the water for parasite prevention.
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. *
Pig scour is possible challenge. We have abundant fresh water with 2 nipples for 8 pigs. If necessary, we can use garlic and apple cider vinegar. We have a local vet visit if necessary.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
27 Cayuga ducks. 8 feeder pigs from May to December. 3 Nigerian goats, all females, One female and one male donkey(castrated).

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. *
Paved road, and railroad on east and south, about 75 feet from the side of our orchard. We have planted a thick row of arbovitae along the road for added shielding. Delaware river on west and no ag field on north.

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:
Our farm is a new operation . We purchase the land in 2011. We have Forest Stewardship and woodlot management plan as well. We a class I trout stream on the property.