Livestock Application

Radix Farm

Owner: Debra Stansbery

Address:
2753 West Malaga Rd
Malaga, WA 98828
Chelan County

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

Application Date: 2015-02-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe in farming sustainably and responsibly and I would like my customers to know that as a farm I am being held to high standards. I also connect with work of this program being a collaborative non-profit working to support small farmers across the country.
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? *
certified farmer
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 *
2
Number of above acres that you own: *
5
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
2
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
3
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
vegetable production
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: *
The land has been fallow for 8 years and might need to be plowed once at the beginning of the season. I will practice minimal tillage techniques. Primarily tillage will be with hand tools.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
clover rye buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
For the first year of production I will purchase compost to apply on fields. As soon as possible, the farm will be able to produce compost to meet its seasonal needs.
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 deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
On farm chicken manure is available in small amounts and is used sparingly.
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". *
less than 1 inch 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.
Anticipated fertility products for the fields are lime, rock phosphate, greensand, feathermeal, and/ or bloodmeal.
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. *
Land has been fallow for at least 8 years. There is an unidentified ground cover that will be the primary weed pressure and will be best controlled by tilling. Another weed problem might be be Russian Thistle. This plant is less of a problem in high managed field systems and can be outcompeted by other plants in irrigated systems. Removal of plant debris and pulling of small plants will be the way to handle this weed.
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. *
Anticipated pest problems are flea beetles, squash bugs, aphids, cabbage looper, and leaf miners. Primary defense is row covers. Fields will be kept clean of debris to eliminate breeding grounds for pests and surrounding areas will be maintained to encourage beneficial insects and birds. Squash bugs and cabbage loopers will be manually removed and plants will be monitored. Bt spray may be used for cabbage loopers if the get to critical level. Damaged leaves from leaf miners will be removed and destroyed. Aphids will be sprayed with water first and then garlic spray or insecticidal soap is needed. Flea beetles will be managed with sticky traps and as a last resort, insecticidal soap.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
surface water from Lockwood Canaday Irrigation District Stemilt-Squilchuck watershed
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. *
Chickens: (3(Rhode Island Red, (5)Black Sex-Link, (5)Silver Laced Wyandotte, (5)Buff Orpington all for eggs.
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.) *
Portable chicken coop moved every 3 days. Fenced area is 1,600 sq.ft.
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? *
Scratch and Peck certified organic layer ration bought in 40lb bags from feed store
Do you buy in some feed? *
no
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. *
Mites are the biggest potential problem. Nutrition and keeping a clean coop are the most important things. We also make sure that they have a place to dust at all times. If it turned into an infestation, diatomaceous earth would be used in their dust bath as well as used to clean the coop. A spray of garlic, water, and essential oils would be used to treat the hens and a spray of water, oil, and dish soap would be used to treat the coop. Worms could also be a problem. Food is fed out of clean feeders, not on the ground. If worms turn into an infestation, diatomaceous earth will be added to diet along with herbs. A worm paste that may be used is made from garlic, pumpkin seeds, oats, dandelion greens, nasturtium flowers, molasses, and water. Coyotes and domestic dogs pose a great threat to the chickens. A moveable electric fence surrounds the chicken pasture and a permanent perimeter fence will be installed to keep out large 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. *
Anemia due to poor nutrition or mites could be one issue. Balanced nutrition and access to plenty of food will be primary tactic to prevent this. Coccidiosis in young birds is also a potential issue. This and other diarrhea inducing disease are treated with electrolytes. If a chicken has confirmed coccidiosis, amprolium in the form of Corid may be administered and the chicken will be quarantined and removed from organic production. Chickens are rotated in pasture and do not return to the same field in the same year. The brooder is kept clean and bedding is replaced often, with a deep cleaning happening between brood cycles. Young birds are kept isolated from old birds until they are old enough (big enough) to go outside. Avian flu is a disease that is prevalent in WA state right now and could become an issue in the future. Biosecurity practices on the farm include designating one pair of shoes for working in the chicken pasture, minimizing visits to other farms with chickens, and washing shoes after shopping at the feed store. Visitors are not allowed in the chicken pasture. Vigilance and close observation are the only was to manage this particular disease.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
If there are animals that need to be treated and quarantined, small animals will be held in a cage in the barn. I also practice culling when necessary to maintain strong, healthy animals within my flock.

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. *
North: Road and residential homes East: Residential home with pasture South: 100 yards sagebrush hillside, hobby cherry orchard West: Road and residential home with pasture

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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