Livestock Application

Restored Earth Farm

Owner: Sarah Rockey

Address:
Cleveland, GA

Application Date: 2019-03-29

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe CNG represents the standards that we find important at Restored Earth Farm. We want our customers to know these standards are important enough to us to gain CNG certification. We also like the networking and information that can be learned through CNG.
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? *
Other Farmers at the farmers market.
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 *
2.41
Number of above acres that you own: *
2.41
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
2.41
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Chicken's free range on produce farm that is 2.41 acres.
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:
Living Well Farmers Market- Store open M-F 9am -8pm Solis Suwanee Town Center 400 Buford Hwy Suite 1102 Suwanee, GA 30024

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We are using a permanent bed system with minimum tillage. We till using a BCS tractor with a 30in tiller to do the initial bed setup. Then we fork the beds after that point. If the bed becomes too compacted we will re-till at a lower depth and fork the bed.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, purchase completed compost, and use local woodchips
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 in deep per bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
it is in the farm compost, the complete compost mix we purchase and the Symphony and Harmony we purchase. No fresh manure is used at the 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". *
1-2in deep included in compost mix
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.
Harmony & Symphony- composted Chicken Manure applied (sprinkled) at bed turnover if compost has not been recently added; Bone meal- as needed; feather meal- as needed; kelp meal- sprinkled on beds 1-2x yr; black castings- used in seed start mix and when planting tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant; Green Sand-when needed, Allganic potassium Chloride Granular- as needed; Elemental Sulphur- as needed; Epson Salt- as needed; Maxicrop Soluble seaweed Powder- used to water transplants. All amendments are from Seven Springs Farm.
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. *
We use tarping with silage tarp, flame weeding, timely hand weeding, Weedguard plus paper, and mulching to suppress weed growth.
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. *
Nemaseek Pro Hb Beneficial Nematodes- flea beetles; ladybugs- aphids in greenhouse plants; Bt- Caterpillars; Sluggo- slugs and snails; Evergreen 5% Pyganic- flea beetles and other pests not controlled by other options, we use this as a last resort; diatomaceous earth- ants, Kaolin Clay- flea beetles, Neem Oil mixed with castill soap and water- used most frequently on a wide range of pests; and garlic oil. All methods are used 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
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. *
50-80 chickens. We currently have 20 mixed bantam breeds including silkies, polish, game birds, and mille Fleur d'uccles ; 6 Ameraucanas; 10 Marans; 8 Olive Eggers; and 3 Australorps. We plan to hatch more chickens this summer also.
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 (2)- 50'x 8' pens with a top netting and housing. The birds go inside the housing at night and are let out of the pen daily to free range.
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 Currently use Dumor Organic layer feed (Tractor Supply), and Nature's Best Organic Chick Grower (Tractor Supply), or New country Organics layer feed. We are currently working on sourcing our own organic grains from Azure Standard to make our own feed mix.
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. *
For mites (actual challenge) we use Saturday Lime on chickens, in bedding, and in dust bath. We use Probiotics added to the water for worms (preventative measure) and over health.
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. *
Vitamin B deficiency (actual Problem)- Riboflavin. We give vitamin supplements in water daily as needed.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
I also have 2-5 guineas that free range. They are used for bug/pest control and an alarm system.

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? *
yes
Please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.) and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Neighbor grows conventional corn and sprays Roundup.
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. *
The North side of our property is 5ft from an unused residential lot that is grown up with trees and brush. The east side of the property is 40ft from Skitts Mountain road. The South side of the property is divided by a creek that separates my property from the neighbors residential yard. It contains tall trees along the creek edge. The West side of the property contains a buffer of tall mature trees, younger trees, Privet, and brush. It ranges from 25ft wide on the north west end to 36ft on the south west side near the creek. This is the side of the property that backs up to a conventional corn field. This neighbor has also agreed to keep a minimum of 20 ft off of his side of the property line to provide a 45ft to 56ft total distance from his conventional crops.

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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