Livestock Application

Rosy Goat Farm

Owner: Trisha Tinker

233 Upper Church Street
Gilbertville, MA 01031
Worcester County

daytime phone: (774) 922-9307
Web site:

Application Date: 2018-04-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We feel our livestock are raised with natural practices already, our goats, pigs and poultry free range and eat organic and gmo free foods. We use heritage breeds. We use herbal worm doses from Molly’s herbals. We have never used antibiotics. Our land sat dormant for 10 + years before we bought it and it was overgrown with wild roses. Which is why we have pigs and goats who are working hard daily to clear the land. These days people look for a certification - an authority - separate from the farmer, to indicate the truth of advertising natural and organic practices. And CNG is affordable for the small farmer like me.
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? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Central Mass Grown. And an internet search.
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
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:
We also have 3 goats, but are still looking for a source of chemical free hay.
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:
Website, and a Facebook page, where i generate a lot of interest, and Google.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We do not normally till as it disturbs soil microbes, but i need to loosen up the soil for crops like carrots and ptatoes.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Winter rye.
Do you use Compost? *
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On 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". *
10 wheelbarrows on 1000 sq feet
Do you use Manure? *
Please note general sources of manure: *
Pigs, goats and poultry which we compost for at least 3 years.
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". *
10 wheelbarrows on 1000 square feet
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.
Azomite was applied in garden in 2014. I used organic tomato fertilizer by Espoma 3-4-6 (derived from hydroized feather mean,pasteurized poultry manure, bone meal,alfalfa meal,greensand, humates, sulphate of potash, and gypsum). Also 624 cfu’s per gram of Bacillus licheniformis, B. megaterium, and B. pumilus
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. *
Primary weed control is hand pulling garden weeds, which we offer to the pigs and goats. We have thistles and bittersweet.
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. *
Japanese beetles, and we use milky spore bacteria. We used it last year and the year before.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use our well water, collected rainwater and we have a stream which dries up late summer if it’s dry, and we have a couple of springs.
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. *
Right now we have 2 glaustershire old spot/ Berkshire sows, 1 85% berkshire, 15% glaustershire oldspot and all three were bred with a tamsworth boar that we own. Piglets are at 7, and estimate 16 +/- on the way We have 2 full LaManchas and one 50/50 LaMancha/ Alpine. We have 50 laying hens and 4 roosters, a mix of leghorn, aracaunas, production reds, black Copper Marans, Golden comets, buff Orpingtons 11 chicks came from our incubator, we will do 24 more this week. We have 42 Muscovy ducks and drakes. We get meat birds in May, last year we ordered 25 Cornish cross and 25 Red Rangers and might do the same this year
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? *
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.) *
Our ducks and chickens free range thru two acres and the orchard 1/2 acre, the meat Birds have a rolling hoop house across the same 2acres, the red rangers and Cornish cross free range during the day and sleep in their rolling hoop house at night. The pigs are working their way up through the over grown acres, using electric fence to separate old from new.
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
Do your ruminant livestock obtain at least 30% of their dry matter intake from grazed forage during the growing season? *
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? *
Green mountain soy free layer pellets for the layers. And we buy locally grown gmo free corn pig grower and chicken scratch from Clover Hill Farm here in Hardwick.
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. *
Hawks. Because our poultry free range we have hawks that like to try and steal them. We have 5 roosters. They have their eye on the sky all day. As soon as a hawk is spotted they give a signal, and the chickens VANISH like we never had a chicken. Then when danger passes the roosters crow and the girls reappear! It is amazing to see. We have lived here since 2013, and we have lost only one chicken to a hawk. We do have ticks, flies and mites, i use a dusting powder from the co-op with pyrethrin for the fleas and mites but mostly i use food grade diatomaceous earth that i buy in 50lb bag. I use that on the goats, and poultry and in their bedding and nest-boxes. Our ducks eat the ticks. If you go beyond their domain theres tons of them- there are none in our pasture. At all. They also love the mosquito larvae, but i spray garlic to repel the mosquitos, respraying after rain or, every two weeks. I use those stinky fly traps around the animals shelters, and i use that sticky string across the ceiling in the barn where they fly in circles the most. Great product! Bobcats. We have fencing up, but 2 yrs ago a bold bobcat stole 5 chickens and 3 ducks. We brush hogged all the areas he was sneaking in, added electric fencing, and then, we got pigs. Heritage breed pigs are free ranging. And big. And aparently not afraid of any bobcat- and we havent seen him since. Im thinking he got zapped by the fence, but i like thinking we have guard pigs...! Norway Rats. We have only clever ones left, we have two cats working full time and a jack russel/collie mix ratter who lives for killing them! Also water bucket traps too, and Rat-ex. They come up from the field to steal any discarded chicken feed that they find at the feed area in the chicken yard. They are hard to erradicate because the live out in the fields. We have owls and hawks and snakes that hunt them also. Voles in my garden that my cats eat, and I am going to buy solar powered sonic mole repellents.
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 have not yer encountered any disease with our pigs- we only have them since last year, the thing I am worried about is parasites as they are out on pasture. We use a herbal wormer weekly and a wormwood dose every 6 weeks for all our animals from Molly’s Herbals. (Except for the cats!) There was a sick chicken last year with avian flu, which we culled immediately. I watched the other chickens; added Vetrx (Canada Balsam, Camphor, Oil Origanum, Oil Rosemary, blended in a corn base.) and Oil of oregano to their food and water and there was only one more who caught it. The rest are still here.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
There aren’t any.

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. *
There is a road along the south of our property that has a 6 foot space to the wall, the wall is 4 feet thick. There is an overgrown hedge along the inside, about 3-4 feet, and electric fencing 3 feet back from that, also, its a back road with low traffic. To our north is a hayfield, to our west is woods, and the farmhouse is on the east.


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 began this Farm because we wanted organically grown foods to eat ourselves. Friends and family would tell people about our tasty foods. We started giving away/ bartering some meat chickens and our eggs, and goat cheese and last year sold some pigs. We have more interest this year. And people look for certifications.