Livestock Application

Misty Morning Farms

Owner: Melisa Richardson

Address:
31100 Harris Rd.
Deer Island, OR 97054
Columbia County

daytime phone: (503) 397-7999
evening phone: (503) 397-7999
Web site: http://www.mistymorningfarms.com

Application Date: 2014-05-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We really try to care for all of the living things on our property, & your program seems like the closest to our philosophies as far as a certification. We would like our customers to know that we do the best possible job that we can.
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? *
Local farmers markets, friends, & restaurant owners
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 *
143
Number of above acres that you own: *
143
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
65
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
80
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Forest
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: *
hand tools
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Varies - buckwheat, legumes, hairy vetch, clovers, flax, etc
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
straw, grass clippings, from our 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". *
1-3 inches
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Animals on the farm - alpaca, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs1
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 inch in beds & 2-3inches on trees
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.
glacial dust, flax meal, fish meal, green sand, kelp
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. *
We do all weeding manually
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. *
Slugs used to be rather horrid, but we now have ducks
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have a well
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. *
black welsh mountain sheep -7, araucana chickens -5, welsummer chickens - 11, french black copper marans chickens-21, ameraucana chickens - 7, glouchester old spot pigs - 5 - at present altho we hope for another litter before year's end which may be another 10 - 12, muscovy ducks - 5, indian runner ducks - 12, american blue buff geese 4, assorted sussex & orpington & ameraucana chickens -7 our alpacas are the only creatures that don't eat 100% organic/non GMO their pellet treats are by Payback, but most of their diet is pasture
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 are just learning good rotation practices - the local extension office has been very helpful We rotate our pigs between 4 areas (2 pasture & 2 more treed areas), our sheep are rotated between several pastures, the alpacas are rotated via electric fencing on a 2 & 1/2 acre field Ducks, geese, & some chickens are free range during the day, & other chickens live in an outdoor run no smaller than 15'x30' per 10 chickens attached to their large coops.
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? *
Scratch & Peck naturally free is delivered by the ton to us for all poultry & pig Payback organic for rabbits, & sheep
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. *
flies - tried biological control with other insects, let chickens free range to feast on eggs, building swallow houses around fields, & keeping livestock areas clean. when our chickens get lice we give them big piles of ash to flutter in When our pigs got lice last year we sanitized their bedding, but eventually had to quarantine them & put ivermectin on their backs (the treated pigs have been harvested [as of May 2014], and we now understand that pigs treated with ivermec cannot be marketed as CNG) We now put DE on them & their bedding routinely.
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 keep everything clean, & the animals get apple cider vinegar & electrolytes alternating in their water. We also give them probiotics from time to time. We put DE in their food from time to time. That usually keeps bacteria down. It also helps that none of our animals are crowded & that we move them around so much.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
at present there are no quarantined animals; the pig incident mentioned above is the only time we have had any troubles

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. *
buffered on 3 sides by forest regarding our produce 1/2 acre in raised beds, berries, grapes are in fenced gardens - not near the road 2nd & 3rd property have the road on the east (all fences containing animals are built at least 6' back from roads), forests in the west & neighbors on the remaining 3 sides, neighbors are not engaged in any type of farming at present there are a few horses on the next door property & naturally raised cows across the road

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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