Livestock

Happy Day Farmhaus

Owner: Lauren Padovano

Address:
W188N13251 Maple Road
Richfield, WI 53076
County

Web site: http://www.happydayfarmhaus.com

Application Date: 2021-07-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We'd like to add a livestock certification for our laying hens to our produce certification.
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? *
From Morning Star Farms where we got our laying hends
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've been farming for 3 years, and I (lauren) worked on an vegetable farm that also had laying hens out West. We have a very low number of hens (40) so it's a manageable size for our produce.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
0
Number of above acres that you own: *
6
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
<1
Hay:
0
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
5
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
vegetables and flowers, we leave a little under an acre in cover to rotate the hens throughout the year
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: *
Rototiller, plastic mulch and weed mat
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Clover and rye from Johnny's Seed
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Blue Ribbon Compost
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". *
2 semis full for the 4 acres
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
horse, neighbor has 2 and she gives it to us
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". *
8 pick up truck loads
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.
Midwestern Bio Ag organic fertilizers for soil ammendments
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. *
please see vegetable application. We use plastic mulch and weed mat to suppress weeds for growing vegetables. in areas we don't grow veggies, we use cover crop and plant flowers and we have a wildflower prarie. also we mow.
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. *
we use DE for flea beatles when they start to germinate (more explained in produce application), and we use row covers. once they get too large (i.e. cabbage, squash) for row covers we monitor for pest and handpick (or shop vaccuum in the case of squash bugs). if that all doesn't work and there's still an infestation we'll resort to BT for cabbage moths, neem oil for aphids and organic soap (from safer) for cuke beetles.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well, but usually for cover crop we let the rain take care of it.
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. *
Appr. 30 laying hens (ISA brown production hens)
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.) *
We have the hens on a coop that is 16'x10', which is on a haywagon. The haywagon is moved every three months... once in spring, once during summer and once in the fall so they can graze in different areas. We have a temporary fence around the haywagon/coop. It's chicken wire that's 6' tall staked in with rebar so super moveable if we want to give them new areas to graze. The area is about 200'x200'. We have water stations (buckets with nipples) within the area.
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? *
Merton Feed, Organic Laying Hen pellets. I believe they private label it through a third party. Its bagged at the feed store.
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. *
We have some little critters in their coop. I clean out the coop every 2 months and spray their boxes with natural clove oil. In the past we had one hen loosing feathers and kept picking at her skin. In that case we separated her to try and help her recover.
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. *
Pure Natural Clove spray we use in the coop. We also try and keep their coop as sanitary as possible. After this season we'll be stripping the coop clean and sanitizing all their boxes.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
All we have livestock-wise are the 30 chickens.

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. *
We have a 20' buffer between us and the neighboring property (to north and east). One of our goals with the produce operation is to add a bush barrier (like elderberries). Also the coop is kept on the furthest end of the property away from the conventional property line.

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:
Kathy from Morning Star did do the livestock inspection when she was here for produce. I submitted that report along with the produce.