Livestock Application

Lost Weekend Farms

Owner: Elizabeth Lassiter

Address:
1844 Neelys Bend Rd
Madison, TN 37115
Davidson County

Web site: http://www.lostweekendfarms.com

Application Date: 2017-03-31

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe in the growing principles and techniques promoted by the CNG program and we want to be a part of this grassroots community.
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? *
From another farmer, also internet research.
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 *
1.5
Number of above acres that you own: *
2.5
Number of above acres that you lease: *
2
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
Hay:
0
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
0
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
3 Point Rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye, radish, crimson clover, vetch, cowpeas.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm vegetable & plant waste, chopped leaves, grass clippings, chicken manure & straw bedding. Coffee grounds & vegetable scraps from local cafe. Old hay from neighboring farm. We have purchased compost in the past, but we were very dissatisfied with quality and crop results. We are now working toward fulfilling all our compost and fertility needs from on farm and neighboring sources.
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 inches
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
On farm chicken manure and neighboring farms' cow and horse 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 inches
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.
Perdue AgriRecycle 3-2-3 fertilizer derived from chicken litter, OMRI listed/NOP compliant, applied once per year in spring when planting. Fish meal, feather meal, or blood meal used in beds that need mostly Nitrogen only, once per year in spring when planting.
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. *
Bermuda grass, fescue grass, pigweed, purslane. Removed by mechanical weeding methods including a rake and stirrup hoe as often as possible. Looking into marketing the purslane.
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. *
Cucumber beetles, harlequin beetles, blister beetles, flea beetles, several types of cabbage & tomato worms. Surround kaolin clay is used on young plants before fruit set, frequency dependent on amount of rain. Rotate between BT & Spinosad on fruiting and mature plants sprayed at dusk to minimize any affect on pollinators, and used sparingly. Also using crop rotations and row cover barriers as much as possible. Working on increasing organic matter in soil & overall soil health in the belief that it will decrease our pest problems. Deer & raccoons are also major pests, deterred by electric fencing.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water supply.
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. *
Gold Laced Wyandotte chickens -6, Barred Rock chickens - 16, Welsummer chickens - 9, Rhode Island Red chickens - 11, Aracauna chickens - 9
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.) *
Poultry housed in permanent coop with electric mesh fencing and overhead mesh netting around grazing area, moved as necessary depending on grass growth. (Approx. one month rotation, depending on season and weather.) Grazing areas reseeded regularly with rye, clover, vetch, and radish. Trap crops for tasty insects such as squash bugs and Japanese beetles planted in grazing area.
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? *
We have purchased Nature's Best Certified Organic feed from Davidson County Farmers Co-Op for the past few years. We have recently found a local farm, Windy Acres, (30 miles away) growing certified organic grains & soybeans that also mixes their own poultry layer & grower feeds, supplemented with minerals. We have been using this locally grown feed for the past month with great results.
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. *
Our main problem has been hawks - managed now by netting over some of the grazing area. we take a preventative and holistic approach to pest & disease management. Good nutrition and careful observation have been our focus. Diatomaceous earth is sprinkled into their dust bathing areas and inside the coop to prevent lice and mites.
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've not had any of our chickens become sick with coccidiosis. We raise our chicks in a brooder separate from the adult hens, and slowly introduce them to grasses and dirt. We concentrate on proper brooder & coop management, including airflow and moisture & manure buildup. Grazing, feeding, & watering areas are rotated as frequently as possible. We have not had any diseases or parasite problems with our chickens - would use diatomaceous earth and quarantine the affected chicken.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
We have a flock of approx. 50 laying hens on our land. We also have a small flock (10-15) of French Guineas housed separately from our hens on our property for their insect control capabilities.

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. *
North, South, & West our property is bordered by woods or unmanaged, unsprayed pasture. East is our house, rural road, & unsprayed hay production.

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:
We are primarily a mixed vegetable/fruit operation with a flock of laying hens used for egg production/sales & fertility production.