Honey Rock Landing

Owner: Kyle Holton

2444 Dominguez Canyon Rd
Delta, CO 81416
Delta County

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Application Date: 2021-06-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our orchard received an approved application a couple of weeks ago for produce. However, we are a diverse farm that utilizes chickens in our alleyway pastures. We have been producing eggs for over a year and plan to sell eggs soon.
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? *
I've know about CNG for over ten years. Initially, I learned about it at a farmer's market.
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. *
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
I've been farming for over 20 years. For ten years, I helped set up ecologically sustainable farming practices in Mozambique, and helped run a chicken business there that depended on holistic practices and management of our poultry. Since then, I have farmed in various locations in the U.S. I understand what is needed to help livestock become integrated components of a farm ecology.

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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
As a predominantly orchard system, we do not till. For our perennial alleyway/pastures, we use a no-till seeder to propagate seed and even use this machine for planting some annuals such as sunflowers and corn. For one field that serves to grow our winter feed for the chickens, we have lightly disced the top three inches and then used the no-till seeder to plant.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
An extensive list of seeds used in our orchard is listed in our produce application. However, for areas where our livestock graze, we have Aberlasting White Clover, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Chicory, Phacelia, Tonic Plantain, Small Burnet, Renovation Clover, Strawberry Clover, Yellow Sweet Clover, Wheatgrass, Fescue mix, yarrow, and alyssum.
Do you use Compost? *
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We purchase complete compost from an organic source that uses organic bean stubble, aspen sawdust, wood chips, organic grass bales, rye straw bales, and anti-biotic free chicken manure.
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". *
We spread 2-3 tons/acre on our tree rows and use the rest as compost extract and put it through our irrigation at 3-4lbs/acre.
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.
As indicated in our produce application we use organic products from Advancing Eco-Agriculture (AEA). Some of these products are irrigated onto orchard and land on our alleyways/pasture as well. These products are Rejuvenate (molasses-based product), SeaShield (fish and crab hydrolysate), Accelerate (seaweed and bio-available manganese), and various microbial inoculants of beneficial bacteria and fungi.
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. *
Our pastures do not receive significant weed pressure. We do have native grasses and forbes germinate such as yellow sweet clover, wild alfalfa, and other drylands native plants. Our management of our pastures is a soil-based management. Our sodic soils are highly bacterial and our practices focus on building organic matter and soil biology so that we can have effective nutrient cycling in the rhizosphere and allow the beneficial microbes create the proper environmental ecology for pasture health. Our management includes irrigating with compost extract and teas as well as biological inoculants mentioned in our fertility practices. As mentioned in our produce application, we use an organic herbicide in our tree rows called Suppress, but this is not sprayed on the pastures.
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 do not experience significant pest pressure. However, our management practices would be the same as our orchard. We work to build beneficial insect habitat to create a diverse ecology. We do not spray broad insecticides that harm beneficial insects on the pastures as well. Any products used in our pastures will be biological inoculants and biological products that introduce natural pathogens such as certain forms of fungi and bacteria.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We irrigate our fields from water of the Gunnison river and well water.
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. *
Chickens: 13 x Isbars, 15 x Coco Marans, 15 x Welsummer, 8 x True Whiting Green. We hope to get a small flock of muscovie ducks soon (10). We currently do not have sheep, but plan to integrate a small flock in the next year. We are still in the research phase for breed type.
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? *
If no, please list, for each type/breed for which you seek certification, the date since which all your livestock of that type have been managed according to CNG standards. For poultry, indicate whether they have been managed according to CNG standards since the second day of life. *
For our original flock of chickens, we did not use organic feed from the beginning. However since this year, we have been using organic feed along with our pastures. We are receiving 15 more chicks next week, and they will receive nothing but organic feed and organic pasture.
I agree not to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock or livestock products that have not been under continuous CNG management for at least nine months (or in the case of diary products, for at least six months). I understand that if in the future I want to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock not named in this application, I may do so if the livestock has been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or, for poultry, the second day of life. Otherwise I shall contact CNG to obtain a variance. *
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 use a chicken tractor and electric fence to rotate the chickens through our orchard blocks throughout the year. We rotate based on grazing conditions, size of block, and time of year. We also follow the 90-day rule based on the harvest dates for our various fruiting blocks. As we develop our own flock, we do keep hens in small confinement areas with a rooster during the breeding period. However, all our breeding pens are based on 6-8 square feet/bird.
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? *
Aside from the feed we grow ourselves on the orchard (organic Blue Hopi Corn, organic sunflower, organic winter squash) and organic pasture, we purchase feed from a local supplier. The feed is organic.
Do you buy in some feed? *
Will you be sure to submit a Feed Supplier Declaration within two weeks? (download it at 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 do not experience pest pressure. However, we work to manage any possible pests through proper nutrition management and clean conditions of the chicken tractor.
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 do not currently experience disease pressure. However, we constantly monitor and work to manage any possible diseases through proper nutrition including organic supplements (Rophadiar and Nuta-Glo).
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
Any livestock we deem to deserve quarantine, goes into s separate pen that is away from the flock. We monitor the individual until symptoms disappear.

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. *
Our farm is located in the isolated Dominguez Canyon. We have two neighbors near us. To the south, we have a neighbor who has a small acreage of conventional alfalfa. This neighbor is approximately 1.5 miles away (as the crow flies). Our farms are separated by a ridge and extensive sage brush. To the north, we have another neighbor who grows conventional fruit. This neighbor is separated by native sage brush and is approximately three miles away.


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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