Daily Blessings Farm LLCOwner: Carrie Juchau
485 Daily Lane
Grants Pass, OR 97527
daytime phone: (530) 304-3754
evening phone: (530) 304-3754
Web site: http://www.dailyblessingsfarm.org
Application Date: 2019-04-06
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- 1. My agriculture values of building community through organic farming that protects ecosystems align well with CNG. 2. Consumers find confidence in organic purchases when they see the organic certification. I hope this will expand my opportunities and increase sales.
- 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? *
- Mark with Eden Farms? announced it at the Cave Junction Market Membership meeting.
- 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
- 2 acres are undeveloped mixed deciduous/coniferous forest with native plants. 1 acre makes up buffer zones around perimeter of vegetable and cover crop areas where livestock is rotated for pest control and grazing.
- 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:
- School District Nutrition Programs
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Rototilling once after annual soil amendments have been added to soil in spring and again once more in the fall. Chopping of cover crops is not necessary as poultry grazes it down prior to planting.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Oat/pea/Red Crimson clover mix is used to fix nitrogen and provide forage for poultry and bees.
- Do you use Compost? *
- Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Purchased from local vendor - MoBro Soils. Soil test results are available for 2018 and 2019. Certified organic by Washington State University.
- 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". *
- 2018: 40 yards/acre with total 60 yards applied to 1.5 acres. 2019: 11 yards/acre with total 17 yards applied to 1.5 acres.
- Do you use Manure? *
- Please note general sources of manure: *
- On-farm poultry.
- applied directly by poultry during grazing. Uncertain how to measure.
- 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.
- Lhoist North America #65 DoloAg Lime Agricultural Mineral - March 2018 1x Lhoist North America #10 Dolomite Agricultural Mineral - March 2018 and March 2019 - one time application each year Sand - April 2018 (1x) Gypsum - November 2018 (1x) Wheat straw on garlic rows - November 2018 Down to Earth Bio-Fish 7-7-2 - 2018 (application schedule available for reference) Archipelago Bat Guano 0-7-0 - 2018 (application schedule available for reference)
- 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. *
- Clover and native grasses - hand weeding during fire season (May-Oct) and flaming during non-fire season Field Bind weed - hand weeding and burning in fire barrel during non-fire season Mullein - hand weeding and burning in fire barrel during non-fire season.
- 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. *
- Insect: - Cabbage moth - Yellow sticky cards in-row. Companion planting of zinnias, aromatic herbs - cucumber beetle - yellow sticky cards in-row. Companion planting of nasturtiums with squash - vertebrates - exclusion with fencing and livestock guardian dog (added Oct 2019) - Coddling Moth - Pheromone Delta traps are hung in fruit trees after budding and through harvest in fall. Control of weeds reduces habitat for insect populations as well. Perimeter weeds are either mowed or eaten by our foraging poultry. Poultry also helps control insect populations from entering the crop production area reducing the grasshoppers and other insect populations.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- On-property well
- 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. *
- NovoGen Layer Hens (approx 30) 1 year old from Jenks Hatchery, Eugene, OR NovoGen Layer Pullets (approx 25) now 7 weeks old from Jenks Hatchery, Eugene, OR
- 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.) *
- Adult hens are rotated every 2-4 weeks for grazing around the perimeter of the crop production area for weed and insect population control. Grazing inside the crop production area takes during winter only when cover crops are growing. Hens are behind 330' (linear feet) electric fence with a mobile coop on a trailer for night time protection and nesting boxes for laying. New 24 pullets are currently in a stock tank with heat/light until they are ready to transition to outside.
- Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
- 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? *
- Rogue Layer Pellets and chick starter are both Certified Organic via USDA. Both are bagged feed packaged by Grange Coop. Hens receive additional nutrition through foraging the oat/pea/clover cover crop and native grasses. Scratch corn is supplemented during winter only for additional carbohydrate to promote healthy feather development and continued egg laying all winter.
- 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. *
- Primary pest problems for poultry are hawks and large wildlife (cougars/bear/coyote). An additional perimeter fence was constructed for wildlife exclusion and poultry netting is used when hawks are a continued problem. Livestock guardian dog was introduced in Oct. 2019 who now controls large vertebrates on the property including other birds (hawks/turkeys). Other deterrents such as foil ribbons, pinwheels, bird scare balloons are also used.
- 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 haven't experience any disease to date. Preventive practices are taken to avoid respiratory disease. This includes regular and thorough cleaning of mobile coop to prevent build up of manure ammonia. End doors on coop are also opened daily to increase ventilation while still providing shelter and ideal environment for egg laying and protection.
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
- If a bird is exhibiting illness or injury, it is removed and kept in the barn in a shelter, usually a dog kennel, until it returns to a condition healthy enough to reintegrate to the flock. A transitional outside pen is also available to allow exercise on uneven ground and foraging without competition from other birds.
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. *
- Property's on three adjacent sides of the livestock area are owned and managed by myself with the exception of insect spraying and interior house pest control which is managed by Orkin. Only rosemary oil is applied on the exterior of the house for ant control. This is my own home so I manage what is applied and when to protect potential contamination of my crops. South property: from livestock area ... buffers of 30-40 feet and fence divides 485 Daily Lane from 525 Daily Lane. Residential yard is maintained by farm owner to prevent any drift. North property:from livestock area... 40 ft easement graveled road and 5 acre undeveloped property with old orchard, forest and pond. 415 Daily Lane. West property: from livestock area is Daily Lane plus 30'- 80' buffer zone on the farm property. Daily Lane is 40' wide with protected Tree Farm forest on the opposite side from the farm. East property: from the livestock area is farm property of about 2 acres of forest before residential property at 495 Daily Ln. begins.
- 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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