Livestock Application

Foggy Ridge Family Farm

Owner: Karen & Raymond Wreford

Ridgeland, WI

daytime phone: (715) 949-0002
evening phone: (715) 949-0002
Web site:

Application Date: 2016-03-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our philosophy, founded in my roots growing up on a multi-generational vegetable farm, is to farm sustainably without commercial chemicals and fertilizers utilizing heritage livestock raised on open pollinated crops. We feel the boidiversity of our fields helps support not only the health of our farm animals and ultimately our consumers, but the wildlife and wetland areas that share our property with us. We are seeking certification which reflects our commitment to practices that protect the environment, the health of our animals, and encourages health of local economies as well.
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? *
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
Certified Naturally Grown 2016 growing season
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I have done some internet searches trying to find a program that worked with our philosophy. I really like that it is geared for support of local economies and the small farmer. I had originally heard of the program while in GA.
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 *
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
apple trees, sunflower seeds, and squash used as feed crop not for sale
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:
We have a bimonthly winter egg route to supply farmers market customers in the winter months.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We are using the pigs in the rotation with other crops as means of cultivation and composting. We do minimal tilling keeping in top few inches of the soil to prevent damage to the soil structure. We do use a chisel plow only on land that is pasture and needs to be reseeded or planted into other crop. This does not happen, but once every several years. We strive to keep deep tillage to a minimum and use cover crops in between planting if necessary. This helps prevent erosion, maintains soil structure and prevents bringing up dormant weed seeds. One other practice we have is committing a minimum 40 foot till free zone on each side of the little creek that runs through our property (Many areas are much deeper). It provides valuable nesting habitat for sand hill cranes, red-winged blackbirds, and other small creatures as well as adding protection for our fields from damaging erosion.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
This year we are using yellow clover and radish as our soil is quit sandy. We are planting barley in the field peas as well. We are also planting clover new fence lines
Do you use Compost? *
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
all compost is from our own 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". *
1 inch at maximum
Do you use Manure? *
Please note general sources of manure: *
Manure is direct from our hogs. We simply use rotational grazing. Moving the hogs off after they have tilled the soil. We call them our composting rototillers. We then plant field peas, alfalfa or new cover crop.
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". *
less then 1/4 inch
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.
non-hydrated lime from local agriculture co-op sprinkled in compost pile.
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. *
We have lambs quarters,quack grass and multiple misc other weeds. Primary weed control is utilizing heated compost to kill weed seeds before application, straw mulch, cover cropping, hand weeding, and single wheel cultivator
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. *
Primary pest problem is pocket gophers and grubs. We use chickens to work the field after harvest in pull pens to help with any insects and grubs. The hogs eat grubs as well. The pocket gophers are ever present and we are establishing a more aggresive trapping program. The hogs eat them as well from what I am told. I have not seen that happen so I am not sure of the success of that.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use a private well on our 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. *
Have 11 Australorp chickens, 25 Cherry Egger chickens, 43 Easter Egger chickens, 5 Welsummer chickens, 18 New Hampshire Red chickens, 25 Freedom Ranger, 6 Barred Rocks, and 50 Buff Orphington meat birds. We will also be purchasing more day old chicks for meat birds. We will have about 50 to 75 at any given time throughout the year. 1 berkshire boar and 2 large black sows, 2 large black/berkshire sows and 8 piglets.
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? *
If no, please list, for each type/breed for which you seek certification, the date since which all your livestock of that type have been managed according to CNG standards. For poultry, indicate whether they have been managed according to CNG standards since the second day of life. *
All chickens have been raised within CNG standards since hatch.
I agree not to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock or livestock products that have not been under continuous CNG management for at least nine months (or in the case of diary products, for at least six months). I understand that if in the future I want to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock not named in this application, I may do so if the livestock has been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or, for poultry, the second day of life. Otherwise I shall contact CNG to obtain a variance. *
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.) *
Chickens are either let to free range or are in pull pens moved daily. The hogs are in electric fencing moved after several weeks to 2 months depending size of pasture.
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
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? *
We grow much of our own feed and hay. All other feed is grown and sold and bagged by the Buckwheat Growers Assoc. of MN. All the feed they have is certified organic and I purchase only non-GMO transitional organic feeds. Will provide feed declaration.
Do you buy in some feed? *
Will you be sure to submit a Feed Supplier Declaration within two weeks? (download it at 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. *
To prevent pests in the livestock we utilize pull pens and rotational grazing. Birds have access to outside and take dirt baths. Feed grade diatemacious earth is used for parasite control in birds.
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 best in chickens. We keep pull pens away from the wet land area of property to prevent cross contamination with wild birds. We also wash our muck boots before and after entering pens or cleaning pens. Pens are cleaned with vinegar between flocks. Baby birds are allowed to slowly naturally grow immunities to coccidiosis. When a sick bird is noticed it is removed from flock and cared for seperately until all symptoms are gone. Our hogs are quarentined when first arriving on the farm. Most common problem is upper respiratory infection. They can get from humans so we make sure to follow good hand washing and bowl washing protocol. We also do not let outsiders handle our pigs. If they do get a cold, the vet said it will simply take its course as long as they are eating and running around. We would seperate them if we noticed any lack of interest in eating and care for them seperately until they were feeling better. We have not had to do this as of yet.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
We have had to separate a chicken from time to time. We have a separate pen which is disinfected after each use where an ill bird can get special attention. We hand water and feed them and wash our hands and clothing after handling them. We have not ever been under any quarantine to this date.

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? *
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. *
On north a 100 feet wide natural marsh separates us from a hay field grown without any chemicals. To the east a road and 60 feet of frontage separates us from a conventionally grown corn field. To the south a road, 60 feet of frontage and a 300 foot deep natural marsh separate us from a conventionally grown oat field. To the west we have a 40 acre natural forest.


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 are currently establishing a herd of Berkshire/ Large Black hogs. We could not obtain CNG or organic hogs in our area. So we are purchasing hogs from growers that pasture raise without antibiotic feed and then will breed and manage their care utilizing CNG standards. We also are looking at rotational grazing for Dexter cattle. We are working with the Conservation Department in our area to develop this plan.