Livestock

HartBeet Farm

Owner: Nicki Morgan

Address:
349 Blackwell Lane
Eolia, MO 63344
Lincoln County

daytime phone: (573) 898-9044
evening phone: (573) 898-9044
Web site: http://www.hartbeetfarm.com

Application Date: 2021-09-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are currently certified with our produce. This year, we have added laying hens to our rotation and would like to offer them to our customers as certified as well.
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? *
We are currently certified with our produce.
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? *
We learned to farm through apprenticeships with established farmers. We have been farming for the past 6 years. For 2 years we have had a small personal flock of hens. Our values fit in line with CNG standards (and are generally more restricted). The resources needed to make sure we follow the CNG standards is easily accessible.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
10
Number of above acres that you own: *
10
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
10
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
10
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Acreage is used both for vegetable productions, perennial fruit canes and trees, as well as poultry rotation.
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: *
We practice no-till production.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Cover crops vary by season but may include any of the following: buckwheat rye winter peas hairy vetch sorghum sudangrass sunnhemp phacelia clovers
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On-farm purchased from Bluebird Compost in Fulton, MO
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" deep on vegetable beds
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
on-farm chicken 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". *
chicken litter added to on-farm compost (1-2" compost per veggie bed)
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.
gypsum bone meal fish hydrolysate
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. *
primary weed problems: fescue, ragweed methods of control: chicken grazing, weed-eating/mowing
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 pests: cabbage caterpillars, flea beetles, armyworms methods of control: lacewings, parasitic wasps, beneficial nematodes
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
on-farm well
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. *
26 chickens: 6 speckled hamburgs 6 silver laced wyandottes 6 lakenvelders 6 black stars 1 ancona 1 ameraucana
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.) *
Chickens have a mobile coop for roosting and egg laying surrounded by a portable electric fence (enclosing roughy 2000 sq ft. Feed location is rotated through paddock for optimal distribution of manure. Mobile coop and fencing are moved every 6-8 weeks.
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 are currently using Dumor Organic Layer Feed. It is certified organic.
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. *
primary chicken pest: buffalo gnats methods of control: provide constant airflow inside coop to reduce gnat landing during the day
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. *
primary disease concern: coccidiosis methods of control: maintain clean shavings, raise feed and water when able to reduce contamination by litter, check butts for signs of pasting or diarrhea.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
We have not had to quarantine a bird, but we do have a separate small mobile coop that can be used to confine a sick bird with separate waterers and feeders.

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. *
Chickens are rotated throughout the farm. On the east is our neighbor's pasture used for cattle. To the north is forestland. To the west our neighbor has a hay field. To the south is more forestland.

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're glad to be adding chickens into our vegetable rotation!