Livestock Application

Ultreia Farmstead

Owner: Melissa Newell

Address:
18116 Surface Creek Road
Cedaredge, CO 81413
Delta County

daytime phone: (573) 864-5504
Web site: http://www.ultreiafarmstead.com

Application Date: 2018-03-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are applying for Certified Naturally Grown because it is an affordable certification that embodies and is representative of our farming approach and philosophy. We are entering into our second year of farming on this property and feel that our current sustainability practices and short and long-term goals are in line with the CNG program. We feel that this is the right certification program for our farm because it is distinctive and allows customers to recognize our commitment to organic and long-term sustainability as stewards of the land. |
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? *
A friend in West Virginia has her farm Certified Naturally Grown.
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 *
0.25
Number of above acres that you own: *
0.25
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
0.25
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
1.25
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Vegetable Crop 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: *
We use a 2-wheeled BCS walk-behind tractor to till at the beginning and end of the season. Any beds that are replanted mid-season are cultivated by hand without mechanical tillage.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Hairy Vetch, Rye, Buckwheat, Clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased USDA certified organic 1 year composted manure (poultry & cattle)
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". *
1-2 inches deep; 60 cubic yards per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
See above. Compost is manure based.
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". *
1-2 inches deep; 60 cubic yards per acre
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.
Peaceful Valley Organic Fish Emulsion & Kelp; used on new transplants and occasionally on field crops such as tomatoes and peppers
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. *
Prior to the purchase of our property it was first an orchard and then used to graze cattle. Our primary field of production was planted to grass and for this reason grass was our biggest "weed" in our first year of production in 2017. In our hoop houses, bind weed was the biggest weed challenge. We do a lot of hand weeding and cultivation. This year we intend to mulch all of our field crops with grass clippings and straw to act as a guard against weeds. Additionally, we intend on purchasing either a flame weeder or Nature Zap to combat weeds.
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. *
Aphids were an issue and we applied garlic tea and insecticidal soap to combat these. The soap was administered every few days or after a rain. In our hoop houses, lacewings were introduced as beneficial insects. Diatomaceous earth is used on squash bugs. We did hand picking of blister beetles last summer. Grasshoppers were a challenge also. To control these, we used insecticidal soap, hand-picking, and netting them to feed to our chickens.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Domestic Water (Upper Surface Creek) and Guerney Ditch a few times per year
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. *
Peking Ducks - 2 Welsummer - 1 Barred Rock - 4 Rhode Island Red - 4 Rhode Island White - 5 Isa Brown - 2 Buff Orpington - 2 Easter Egger - 2 Black Australorp - 1 Chicks to be purchased - 10
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.) *
The chickens are kept in a barn converted to a coop at night and roam freely during the day into a fenced area that the barn stall opens up to (no door, so the chickens can come and go as they please during the day). Each afternoon, the gate is opened so that the chickens can freely roam the yard and property with the exception of the production field and hoop houses.
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? *
I use Nature's Best Organic Egg Layer Crumbles, pre-bagged and purchased from the farm supply store. This product is certified organic and non-GMO verified. Their diet is supplemented with lots of organic vegetables from the farm.
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. *
The chickens like to take dust baths in order to prevent them from getting mites. Keeping the coop clean and with fresh bedding is another means of keeping pests at bay. We also have two kitties that spend time in the barn / coop keeping any rodents under control.
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. *
I feed the chickens pumpkin from the garden as a natural de-wormer. Pasty butt is a potential problem for the chicks that I do watch for. If this would ever be an issue, I would gently clean the area with warm water and if any feathers were accidentally pulled from the area, I would treat it with blue-kot to prevent the other chicks from pecking at it.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
NA

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.) *
Road - our field lies about 10 yards from the road and we intend to put up "Organic Farm - Do Not Spray" signs this season
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. *
To the west, our field is separated from the road by about 10 yards, including a ditch that runs on the front of our property. To the east is our home and no potential for contamination. To the north is a homeowner that does not grow agricultural crops but grows turf grass (lawn). To the south is a fallow field for about 50 yards before hitting another neighbor's field that is used for cattle grazing. This is downstream from us.

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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