Dunk Hill FarmOwner: Chad Butler
727 Dunk Hill Rd
Tignall, GA 30668
daytime phone: (706) 285-1994
evening phone: (706) 285-1994
Web site: http://butler.farm
Application Date: 2019-01-15
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We have always believed in organic and natural methods. We are starting a new farm with the intention to sell retail (farmers market), and therefore want to be certified.
- 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? *
- Several places - other local growers, the Athens Land Trust, Southern SARE representative, and the two farmers markets we are hoping to be accepted to.
- 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:
- 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:
- Augusta Locally Grown (pending)
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Generally, no tillage.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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.
- Haven't added anything since we purchased the land. It was fallow several years from the previous owner.
- 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. *
- Currently do not have a weed problem. We generally bush hog if nothing is grazing the pasture, or if it gets mature before weeds would produce seed.
- 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. *
- No current problems.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- No irrigation.
- 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. *
- We expect to have 40 ISA Browns or Rhode Island Reds from chicks. We expect between 2-3 batches of Cornish Rock Cross chicks over the course of the season, 50 per batch.
- 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.) *
- Meat birds, chicken tractor style. Layers, mobile coop ("chickshaw"). All poultry moved to new grass daily.
- Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
- 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? *
- "Natures Best" Certified Organic purchased from Tractor Supply. However, we are currently seeking a local option that meets CNG standards, especially if we need to expand.
- Do you buy in some feed? *
- 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. *
- 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 currently manage a small flock for ourselves (not seeking certification on those), but we have had no pest problems. These have been our "learning" flock prior to seeking to start a flock for market. Management techniques would be the same (following CNG standards). Since I have not experienced pest challenges, if something did arise that was a problem I would most likely seek out advice from other CNG members around our area.
- 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. *
- Similar to pest challenges - we have not had any disease problems with our personal flock, and expect management practices to be the same or similar. If any problems arise, we would seek out advice from other CNG member farms in the area.
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
- Currently, no animals are being treated or quarantined.
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. *
- We live 1 mile down a dirt road with no farms in the vicinity. Nearly all surrounding land is forested and managed for deer. The property's northern border is the road and we have own about 3 acres of woods that separates the road from our north pasture. North pasture's west border is 6 acres of woods, and with the south pasture west border being woods with fallow field behind it. The south of our property is about 40 acres of woods. The entire eastern border is a thin stand of trees behind which is fallow field. There are no conventional crops anywhere near our property.
- 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:
- Our farm is committed to natural and organic methods as well as animal welfare. Our objective is to provide a high quality product that is raised sustainably.