Fair Curve FarmOwner: Aubrey Schooley
1057 5th St
Ferndale, CA 95536
PO Box 83
Ferndale, CA 95536
daytime phone: (559) 246-2246
evening phone: (559) 246-2246
Web site: http://faircurvefarm.com
Application Date: 2019-04-09
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- As we trudged through the process of receiving a California organic certification and anticipated impractical high-costs of certification and inspection fees, we decided to look for alternative certifiers. We have decided that the CNG program is the best fit for our farm, considering we are dedicated to following NOP standards and want to show our customers this in a professional way, without hurting the profitability of our business. In addition, we market our product mostly through direct sales where we feel that Organic Certification is unnecessary. But with the intention of ensuring our customers we adhere to organic standards, we want to have an official certification. We also love that the CNG program encourages interaction/accountability with other/neighboring certified farmers.
- 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 a Growing For Market magazine issue.
- 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
- row crop vegetables, egg 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:
- Local Hospital, Local Food Bank, Senior Resource Meal Program
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- disc, rototiller
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Bell beans, vetch, perennial pasture grass
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- Please note general sources of manure: *
- Composted chicken manure from D. Stutzman Farms.
- 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". *
- 20-50lbs per 4'x100' beds
- 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.
- MICRONA Ag Lime, applied to most new beds throughout the year before being incorporated by tiller, 20lbs per 4'x100' bed.
- 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 combat weed pressure (annual nightshades, chickweed and grasses) manually with hoes (hand, hula, and wheel hoes) and by hand.
- 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. *
- We combat pest pressure (flea beetles, cabbage moths, cucumber beetles) in the field using row cover. We also use practices like cover cropping and crop rotation as a preventative measure. We also experience slug pressure in/near our greenhouse and hardening off area (not on flats/trays/plants, only surrounding areas), for which we apply Sluggo (Monterey, OMRI-approved, active ingredient is Iron Phosphate) after hand-picking and taking measures to minimize pest habitat.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Water sourced from 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. *
- Ducks - 20 (8 Golden 300's, 5 Khaki Campbell's, 2 Buffs, 2 Blue Swedish, 1 Cayguga, 1 Black Swedish, 1 Welsh Harlequin)
- 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.) *
- We either let our ducks free range or move them once per week to new grass with portable, non-electrified fence.
- 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? *
- We buy in Certified Organic Modesto Mills layer pellets.
- 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. *
- We have potential predatory pest problems including coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks and dogs. We close the ducks up in the coop at night to keep night-dwelling animals at bay.
- 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 avoid disease issues by keeping the coop clean with regular changing or bedding and supplying fresh drinking water. We use organic wheat straw for our chosen bedding material
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
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. *
- To the north and east, there is non-certified, no-spray pasture owned by the same owners of our leased property. To the south, there is non-certified, no pray pasture owned by neighbors. To the west, there is no-spray farmland. There is a 20ft grass driveway separating our vegetable plots on all sides.
- 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 currently raise our ducks at our home and not at the farm. We do not use any prohibited substances at our home property, and follow all practices approved by organic standards.