Faith FarmsOwner: Marilyn Guilmet
21915 Chiniak Hay.
PO BOX 625
Kodiak, AK 99615
Kodiak island borough County
PO BOX 625
Kodiak, AK 99615
daytime phone: (907) 486-3099
evening phone: (907) 486-3099
Application Date: 2018-11-26
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Faith Farms is a small 50 acre farm that has been committed to non-gmo and organic Management for almost 24 years. Because of our pristine and remote location, there has not been an affordable Alternative for our small farm to be certified. We are truly dedicated to providing the Cleanest animal and produce products without chemicals,synthetics,pesticides, or adulteration In any way. We are delighted to become acquainted and a part of the program you present
- 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? *
- Through BJ's garlic
- 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
- Berries, rhubarb, row crop
- 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:
- Breeder Rams ewes Shetland Sheep
- 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:
- USDA Custom Exempt - Faith Farms custom raises your lamb for you, harvests, ages, Cuts vacuum packs and quick freezes your lamb with agreed on organic methods and specialty processes The harvest and production of the meat ready to prepare for your table. The finished lamb can be Purchased at the farm or shipped to you.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Permanent pasture renovated with periodic seed and natural wild grasses and natural occurring Of wild herbs Organic fish bones derived from Wild native alaska fish and attendant fishmeal are used As fertilizer. The lambs and ewes are pastured year round And contribute to the fertilization of the grasses. Composted manure is also Spread on the pastures.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Sheep grazing contribute to pastures and composted manure with bedding from Wild native grasses on remote beaches is spread on pastures and tilled under on row crop areas.
- 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". *
- 2.5 tons of fishbones with attendant meal per acre is spread every third year
- Do you use Manure? *
- Please note general sources of manure: *
- The sheep that are pastured on the land. Bedding from native grasses manure and Organically certified Alfalfa.
- Five sheep per acre during 6 months of active grazing. Late fall application of composte manure 1/2 ton per acre spread for winter mulch protection
- 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.
- None at this time or in the last ten years of management
- 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. *
- None. The sheep eat the weeds and herbs and wild native grasses asses.
- 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. *
- None. We do not have pests as the lower 48 has. Slugs and wire worms are controlled with crab shell Applications at 1 ton per acre every two years. The shells carry a natural occurring bacteria that Dissolve calcium and inoculates the soil. That dissolves the calcium layer in any pest egg such as Slugs and wire worms.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Water rights to Tom's Creek (artesian fed) sheep drink from artesian springs And all commercial and domestic wells are on artesian Springs through out the property
- 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. *
- 101 Shetland ewes 7 Shetland Rams our lambs average about 140. We harvested 115 this November for sale.
- 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.) *
- Free roaming inside a double fence that is electric and external fence of 63" graduated wire. They drink tidal flow and eat beach Greens,wild occurring herbs at will They have free access to artesian springs at several locations. The wild herbs In part are purslane chamomile shepherds purse chick weed clovers Wild native Grasses: beach rye, hair grass blue joint blue grass Brush: 4 kinds of willows cotton wood leaves and tips Spruce tips alders and Several types of wild kelp and many Wild beach greens laden with lots of mineral
- 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? *
- It is wild organically managed by me and cut bales and stored by me in my barn. If I can't produce enough wild hay , I buy certified Organic Christmas alfalfa from Oregon and ship it here.
- Do you buy in some feed? *
- 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. *
- 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. *
- I worm and vaccinate my breeder ewes and Rams once a year About 100 days before lambing. I do not vaccinate or worm My lambs that are for slaughter. They are harvested at 6-8 months
- 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. *
- New breeding stock and introduction of disease is the biggest challenge. I am biologically Secure and have had all animals tested for blue tongue and Brucellosis. There are no external parasites here. I do not Allow any visiting animals (even dogs) do not board animals and do not hire out Rams to breed. I have the only sheep on kodiak. New breeders are inspected by a vet,quarantined prior to shipping tested for blue tongue and brucellosis and must come from a scrapies free certified area. The animal is inspected for parasites when it arrives and quarantined another 2 weeks before being introduced to the herd.
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
- If I do have to give an antibiotic, which is extremely rare , I will confine the sheep until medication is completed Separated from the herd. That animal is excluded from that years production as a slaughter animal. If it is a ewe, she is Used as a breeder the following year. Or sold as a none organically secure choice and the illness is fully disclosed. I have never had a diseased animal. The only illness was a ewe with mastitis. She had to be put down. I do use herbs/nutrition/to highly supplement And increase natural immunity. The natural immunity process.
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. *
- I am the only farm in the valley my farm extends to the north along the beach and river The two neighbors are located near the road to the south and are not farmers.
- 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:
- It is I suppose difficult to understand the remote and pristine nature of my farm. I do not allow any attempts by any government agency to intrude into my property Such as Soil and Water Conservation. They would want to spray weeds with chemicals. For that reason I belong to very few organizations - not even a farm bureau. I work very hard at maintaining the Wild pristine surrounding. I do not bale hay until all the turns and seagulls finish nesting I wait for all the little birds to complete their cycles and that means I don't bale until late July or August. These things mean a great deal to me.