Livestock Application

Mary's Land Farm

Owner: Thomas Cunningham

Address:
4979 Sheppard Ln.
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Howard County

daytime phone: (410) 849-4314
evening phone: (410) 849-4313

Application Date: 2016-07-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We like that the certification is conducted by a community of our peers using similar methods. We employ sustainable methods and use permaculture design techniques on our farm. We care about raising healthy animals on healthy pasture and high quality produce while building soil, preventing erosion, and protecting our precious pollinators. We want to be vetted by our local community of growers and to share the good news with our consumers, so that they can be as confident in our methods as 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? *
Through friends at ECO City Farms.
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 *
110
Number of above acres that you own: *
160
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
110
Hay:
0
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
50
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
forests, buildings
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:
Direct-to-Consumer

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No Till Key line
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye Grass Peas Cow Peas Clovers (White, Red, Alsike, Crimson, Sweet) Sorghum Sunflowers Millet Buckwheat Vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On-Farm Purchased
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". *
1-2 tons/acre, Compost Tea = 25 gallons/acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Composted livestock manure
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". *
1-2 tons/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.
Fish Emulsion twice/year
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? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
The previous farmer reported nothing was put down on our hay fields since 2013. On the crop fields, two chemicals were put down when soybeans were planted in late Spring 2014. One is called Durango and the other Dual Mag. We took control of the property on September 8, 2014.
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. *
Canadian Thistle mowed Occasional mowing of undesirable plants that livestock don't eat Plant pastures and manage grazing
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 use an essential oil blend to deter livestock flies as needed.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water from an underground aquifer
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. *
30 cows 24 goats 450 chickens 100 ducks 30 sheep Expect to have 100 in August
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.) *
Cows & Sheep - Rotated to new grass every 1-3 days Goats - Managed in the woodlands Laying Hens and Ducks - Paddocked and graze outside and moved weekly from paddock to paddock Meat Chickens - Moved daily in pens moving towards same system as laying poultry Turkey - Paddock system
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? *
Certified organic grain from a PA granary, Panorama Feeds, that comes in 2000 lb totes.
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. *
We use an essential oil blend for flies We use a preventive walnut/herb blend in high-stress seasons on livestock to prevent parasite overload If our animals had lice, we would treat them with diatomaceous earth, essential oils, and sunlight
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. *
If our animals had mange, we would treat them with an enzyme soap and sunlight If our animals had conjunctivitis we would spray their eyes with wound spray (aloe, comfrey, garlic and calendula) and feed them extra kelp
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
1 devon cow quarantined - She was staggering after calving, she had a fever, vet was called, unsure of what the issue is. We gave her antibiotics. She has been quarantined for over 45 days. She is doing better but not 100%. We would not treat a steer with antibiotics and then sell it. We treated the cow with antibiotics as a last resot to keep her bearing offspring, not for sale. None of the other animals (chicken, sheep, goats, ducks, pigs) would be treated with antibiotics.

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. *
To the north east for a 1/4 of the line, there is a 75 ft. buffer between us and conventional agriculture To the east & southeast is a residential community The the west & south west is a road and residential community To the west, north west and north east is a large wooded forest

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. *
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