Livestock Application

Thin Place Farm. LLC

Owner: Jason Simmons

Address:
600 Oak Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Atlantic County

daytime phone: (609) 713-7272
Web site: http://sites.google.com/view/thinplacefarm/

Application Date: 2019-05-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
At Thin Place Farm we believe in treating animals as humanely as possible and we value certification programs. This builds trust among our customers and builds community among other CNG farmers.
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? *
Through research of various certification programs.
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 *
9.2
Number of above acres that you own: *
9.2
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
4
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
5
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Other is under a stewardship plan by the NJ Forestry Service.
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:
Other is Facebook Market Place. As we grow our operation we would like to sell to restaurants and a CSA. Right now we sell mostly by word of mouth, friends, etc.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Thin Place Farm is a no till farm. Our primary crops are fruit trees and other perennial crops. Our pigs and chickens do some "tilling" for site prep of garden areas or for areas to be sheet mulched.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We use clover and buckwheat, but are exploring additional cover crops for areas we are converting from invasive grasses to wildflower or better grazing mixes.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm sources. We take sod from areas we are transitioning and compost it. We also compost food waste, crop residue and other items.
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 to 2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
A neighbor has horse manure that we allow him to dump on site. We rotate it 4 times a year and monitor heat to allow it to compost. We use it as part of our sheet mulching in the orchard.
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 to 2 inches deep
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.
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. *
Our weed issues are primarily controlled by sheet mulching. We also use the pigs, chickens, and sheep to keep weeds and grass down in hard to get areas.
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. *
Currently we do not have any pest issues.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain 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. *
Yorkshire pigs - 3, Rhode island red chickens - 5, orpington chickens- 5, barred rock chicken - 5, leghorn chicken - 2, australoprs chicken - 5, dominique chicken - 3, ameraucnas chicken - 2, welsummer chicken - 3, ISA chicken - 5. jacob sheep - 3.
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? *
no
If no, please list, for each type/breed for which you seek certification, the date since which all your livestock of that type have been managed according to CNG standards. For poultry, indicate whether they have been managed according to CNG standards since the second day of life. *
3 yorkshire pigs. Purchased on 1/21 at 6 weeks old. Have been raised according to CNG standards since then. 3 jacob sheep where purchased from a natural farm that does not use hormones, chemicals or other prohibited substances.
I agree not to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock or livestock products that have not been under continuous CNG management for at least nine months (or in the case of diary products, for at least six months). I understand that if in the future I want to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock not named in this application, I may do so if the livestock has been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or, for poultry, the second day of life. Otherwise I shall contact CNG to obtain a variance. *
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 are moved approximately every 7 to 10 days with portable electric netting. The pigs are moved between every 5 and 7 days based on level of tilling is needed or if just grazing. Chickens are kept with a 165 linear ft fence, providing 48/sq ft per bird. Sheep are moved every 3 to 5 days and at times allowed to just roam the property at will.
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
yes
Do your ruminant livestock obtain at least 30% of their dry matter intake from grazed forage during the growing season? *
yes
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? *
All feed purchased is certified organic and is purchased in bulk from Lakeview Organic in New York.
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. *
Currently we have not experienced any pest issues except mites on the chickens. For controlling this we power washed the coop every 5 days for a 3 week period and used DE. We also increased access to dust baths. For the sheep and pigs we make sure we move them frequently enough to minimize parasite transmission. After an area has had sheep or goat we allow the chickens to move to that location after about 10 days so they can eat the fly's and worms if any.
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. *
For the sheep and pigs we make sure we move them frequently enough to minimize parasite transmission. After an area has had sheep or goat we allow the chickens to move to that location after about 10 days so they can eat the fly's and worms if any.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
there are no animals that fit this.

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.) *
There is a commercial apple orchard across the street to the west of our property. Our animals only graze in the back part of the property. The front of the property has drift barriers (Norway Spruce funded by the NRCS)
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. *
Double row of Norway Spruce planted in the front of the property. The homestead site sites behind those then an other row of windbreak. The animals and 99% of the crops are grown behind that.

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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