Naselle Valley FarmOwner: Alan Bennett
50 Whealdon Road(no mail, physical address)
PO Box 532
Naselle, WA 98638
PO Box 532
Naselle, WA 98638
daytime phone: (360) 484-3929
evening phone: (360) 214-1756
Application Date: 2018-10-26
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We raise our fruit and beef without fertilizers antibiotics or anything non natural. We have solar production to make our own power. We capture rain water to water the cows. All our beef are born and raised on our farm. Our customers that buy our beef by the whole or half know how we operate and appreciate the healthy meat. Our farm has been in the family almost 100 years and the pastures just keep getting better as we free range our cattle and undergraze the land. We do all we can to provide the healthiest food possible for our family and others. We are small though, we will butcher 8 beef this year and sell about 1,000 pounds of fruit. We can't afford the time or money for organic certification, but would like to add some value for our customers by having Naturally Grown Certification, since we do those practices anyway. We also grow all our own hay and graze on our own pastures. None of the fields we make hay from get sprayed so we know all the food our cows eat.
- 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? *
- We sell apples to the Astoria Co-Operative Grocery and they told us about it.
- 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 *
- 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
- 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:
- We have customers that buy a half or whole beef and the butcher does the slaughtering and cutting and wrapping. That is our sole outlet for sales. I marked "Other" and saved several times, but it always cleared it out when I clicked continue. I therefore clicked commodities and other to get it to save properly. I don't really know what it means to sell to a commodities market, but it probably applies because on occasion we will sell an old cow at the auction rather than to customers.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- We have native grasses for pasture and hay and control weeds by mowing.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- Please note general sources of manure: *
- We allow the cows to free range our property and then a couple times a year, use a blanket harrow to spread it out, level the fields and aerate the soil. We bring no outside manure of any kind.
- 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". *
- What comes out the back of our cows.
- 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.
- 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. *
- We have to mow a couple of times a year to control thistle and we have to pull tansy ragwart by hand. We then pile, dry out and burn the tansy so the seeds don't spread.
- 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. *
- By free ranging the cattle, we don't have a problem with pests. We do use non toxic traps that we hang from the house and barn that work well.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We do not irrigate. We did a CREP project last year of fencing the cows away from the river and planting 2,000 seedlings in the riparian area.
- 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. *
- 15 Angus beef cattle.
- 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.) *
- Year round free range grazing.
- 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 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? *
- We make all our own hay from friends fields that are not sprayed at all. We make about 1,000 bales of hay a year and this along with our pasture is their only feed.
- 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. *
- Flies are controlled with non-toxic fly traps.
- 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 cull the herd pretty hard for hoof problems. We are on the coast and the soil is wet all winter. If a cow develops bad feet, they are culled no matter the age and their offspring are noted for beef production, not to be a brood cow so as to end the line.
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
- We have 8 cows and 7 calves on the farm now. 4 or 5 of the calves will be kept as replacement cows since we culled 3 cows this fall.
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. *
- My neighbor uses organic practices and he is the only adjoining property as we are surrounded by the Naselle River. The only source of contamination would be if the county sprays for Japanese Knotweed along the river and we now have a 50' buffer with our CREP project and since they only spray with backpack sprayers on non windy days, I am not concerned about that.
- 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:
- We do feed our cows apple pressings this time of year in addition to the hay. All the apples are from our own trees which are not sprayed or fertilized.