Timshel Permaculture FarmOwner: Daniel Griffith
530 James River Road
Wingina, VA 24599
daytime phone: (330) 350-0145
evening phone: (330) 350-0145
Web site: http://timshelpermaculture.com
Application Date: 2018-03-05
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We deeply believe in and operate under a position of natural farming and biomimicry and value partnership with such a program as this. We want our customers to know that, although our open-door policy is our greatest certification, our products are certified naturally grown. We absolutely and entirely do not provide or use any hormones, fertilizers, antibiotics, vaccinations, medications, synthetic vitamins, appetite stimulants, injections, irradiations, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, GMOs, or chlorine baths to our land or flock ever and want our marketing to replicate our passions.
- 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? *
- Instagram of a current member.
- 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
- The "other" 125 acres are native forests that we, on occasion, harvest acorns from as treats for our poultry. Such a forest is not "certified organic," but truly organic in the natural sense: planted by God; sustained by God.
- 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: *
- No-till. Period
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Before each move to fresh pasture for our goats and cattle, we overseed the paddock with certified organic and non-gmo pasture seeds like White Clover, Perennial Rye, or Buckwheat. This practice is not exactly a "cover crop" practice but a way for us to continually promote native grasses, cover bare spots, increase pasture load abilities, and promote healthy root systems for optimal fungal and bacterial conditions.
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- Good management practices seek to promote fertile pastures devoid of weeds. No other methods of control are needed but the chickens on pasture and cattle/goats trampling woody 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. *
- Good management practices. Chickens transform bugs and soil organisms into protein.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- For all water used on farm, we use our well on property, which is certified potable and tested yearly for bacteria.
- 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. *
- Cornish Rock X Chickens -- 1,000 in total but raised in groups of 100 Irish Dexter Cattle -- 15 Nubian Goats - 4 Mini Nubian Goats - 4 Nigerian Dwarf Goats - 5
- 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.) *
- Our pastured poultry operation utilizes the chicken tractor / rotational grazing system promoted by Salatin and Andy Lee. Our twice-daily pasture migration promotes ecological restoration and provides our flock fresh feasts of pasture, bugs, and soil organisms daily. We do not visit the same spot in a calendar year to promote regrowth and reduce the nitrogen buildup. Regarding supplemental feed, we provide a limited amount of soy-free, non-GMO, and certified organic local feed from New Country Organics. Our goat and cattle operation are 100% grass born, fed, and finished. We rotationally graze the herds using electric fence which is moved daily or every other day, depending on location, grass-types, and precipitation.
- 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? *
- We use New Country Organic feed from our chicken's hatching to processing. It is soy-free and certified organic. It is local and so we purchase in bulk of 20+ bags. For our cattle and goats, we provide minerals using free-choice methods. Organic Redmond's salt and mineral mixes from New Country Organics.
- 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. *
- Farming deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains, our main (and nearly only) pest are predators: coyote, possum, racoon, weasels, etc. Often, we surround our chicken tractors with PremierOne electric fencing and have a nearly eradicated such problems under this setup. After many years of raising pastured poultry, our "mortality" rate is about 1.7%. Meaning, if we raise 1,000 birds on pasture, we typically only lose about 17 birds. Since we move our tractors in the morning andin the evening as well, all other "pests" are eradicated with the continually fresh bedding. We also have 2 livestock guardian dogs that we employ throughout the farm.
- 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. *
- Typically, we encounter a couple chickens a year that seem less-than-optimal in the health department. Litters always have their runts. We remove this chicken from the flock and put it in its own tractor. That way it is removed from the "pecking order" and can grow without pressure. We call this tractor the "chicken hospital." Concerning our cattle and goats, we try to treat all problems naturally, through healthy pastures, rotational grazing systems, and good management practices. If we have one that does not respond well, we will give it what it needs to live and then cull that animal out of our breeding herd.
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
- We currently raise poultry, cattle, and goats on the farm and provide separate pends to those animals that are sick or appear injured. This allows the animal a more relaxed environment to heal, rest, or be treated.
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. *
- First and foremost, we own the entire hill top and hill sides. Additionally, we maintain a buffer of about 15 acres of natural woodland forest between us and the nearest neighbor (about a half a mile away). In the valley below our land, about a half a mile in linear distance, there is a corn field under commercial management. Our pastured poultry operation takes place about .75 miles away from this field and has about 10 acres of woodland forest as a buffer.
- 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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- We are excited to be a part of your community! Thank you!