Hole in the Woods Farm

Owner: Chad Gard

6738 E 750 N
Culver, IN 46511
Pulaski County

daytime phone: (833) 574-3663
Web site:

Application Date: 2016-12-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Have been a long time CNG produce farm, now certifying livestock as well.
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? *
long time CNG farmer/supporter
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? *

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
We rotationaly graze on our produce fields as well. This allows "harvesting" of green manure/cover crops, in-site composting of crop residues, and quality feed for our critters, as well as control of some of our most severe insect pests (notably Colorado Potato Beetle)
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:
Alpacas (not certified)
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, combined with geese. Because we use the same plots in rotation, very little primary tillage is used, instead use a shallow roto-tilling, soil tilther, and/or cultivator, sometimes a tarp or flame weeder to create a stale seedbed.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Rye, buckwheat, oats, cowpeas, daikon
Do you use Compost? *
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
entirely on-farm vermicompost
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". *
about 3 cubic yards per year applied ahead of potatoes and brasicas in vegetable rotation, also used in seed starting mix
Do you use Manure? *
Please note general sources of manure: *
our own alpacas. Geese/ducks rotationally grazed and so "self-spread"
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". *
3-4 manure spreader loads over all of vegetable field in fall, except for plots being used for winter harvest
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.
Fertrell soil mineralizer annually, rates as recommended per soil test, on pasture. wood ash from home heating/cooking mixed with vermicompost (described above) before spreading until a pH of 7 or we run out of wood ash.
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. *
crabgrass, lambs quarter, ragweed. Controlled mechanically (hand-pulling, hoeing, cultivator)
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. *
colorado potato beetle. Will rotate ducks through potato plot if far enough in advance of harvest. They don't eat the potatoes, but decimate the CPB. Also hand-pick and squish egg clusters until no longer practical. If necessary, use Colorado Potato Beetle Beater, an omri-listed spinosad procuct. Usually one or two applications is sufficient.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
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. *
Sheep - 4 Geese - 5 Occasionally do 1-3 batches of 40 broilers each (number of batches depends on how feed is holding out) Alpaca - 2 (not certified)
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.) *
Ducks and geese rotated at least weekly except in winter. Geese as weed pressure and/or pasture quality dictate, ducks mostly as insect pressure and/or pasture quality dictate. (Not certified: Alpacas moved between over-large summer pasture and a winter pasture. Planned to subdivide summer pasture for rotational grazing this spring.)
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? *
ducks and geese - graze and forage in rotational pens (using poultrynet portable fencing). Some grain & hay raised on farm to suplement in winter. (Not certified: Alpacas - graze in summer, own hay in winter, plus limited grain (oats, rye, corn, sunflower seed, raised on farm, plus molasses (from grocery store)) supplement )
Do you buy in some feed? *
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. *
Main pest problems are intestinal parasites in alpacas. See below. \ Geese and ducks have had no pest challenges so far, but we try to prevent them by rotational grazing. Predators have been an issue for birds. Hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons are quite common on our farm. We have also had one incident of a mink getting through the electric netting and killing our entire flock of ducks in one evening. Dogs/coyotes/raccoons are effectively deterred by the electric netting. Keeping the geese and ducks together prevents may problems from the predators, as the geese are quite intimidating. However, when geese are sitting on eggs or have goslings, the ganders are too violent with the ducks and we must separate them. During these periods, as well as when ducks need to be separated for controlling vegetable pest insects, we try to keep the ducks away from surface water where the minks come from, move them daily to prevent drawing attention, and keep runs long and narrow to deter arial predators.
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 rotate the geese through portions of the pasture, as well as sometimes ducks. Considering meat chickens as a way to more effectively disrupt ruminant parasites. Also, the honors elements of calculus class at the school that is our day job is devising an optimized fencing plan to subdivide our pasture into a 13-paddock rotation to break the life cycle of parasites (though this won't impact those carried by wild deer).
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
currently, no livestock are quarantined. (Parasite treatment - ivermectin safeguard - above for alpacas. Per veterinarian recommendation, it is important not to quarantine animals being treated for resistant parasites.)

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. *
minimum distance from one of our pastures to a neighboring user is the winter pasture. It is approximately 65 feet from a ditch that is another 25 feet wide. There is a tall treeline on the ditch. Conventional field in a Corn-corn-corn-soybean rotation across ditch, but farmer is conscientious about drift, downwind of prevailing wind patterns, does not use crop dusters, and the tree line is an additional barrier. Remaining grazing areas are considerably further from sources of drift - ~1/3 of a mile down our drive, with trees, pond, swamp separating us from two weekend houses across the road and a river to the south, ~ 1.5 miles of swampy woodland, some owned by us, to the west, and about 400 feet, including mature pine windbreak between pasture and property line to the north. North of us is a series of 50 foot square lots, mostly vacant. Zoning laws require two adjacent lots to build, and lots are all owned by different people, most who live in the area and buy them at tax sales merely to prevent building on them.


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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