We are transitioning to organic. At this point I say I’m 95%. What does that mean? It means that for all fertilizers, weed control, and pest control we use organic materials, with two exceptions.
- I still use a light shot of “commercial” fertilizer early in the spring. This gives the plants a boost when the weather is still too cool for organic materials to be metabolized into the soil. The fertilizer is produced from naturally occurring elements, but is processed to make it spreadable.
- I still use an occasional (about twice a year) shot of herbicide under the bushes to control weeds. I’m doing some weed control with a propane burner as well, and have been gradually ramping that method up. But it’s very experimental, and we’ve had setbacks trying to figure out the best methods to make that effective.
At this point I don’t intend to ever certify. I have tried to maintain a really transparent operation with my customers, which I feel is more important than certification. I’m not saying I never will, but right now I’m just trying to perfect the process. Maybe once we get good at it we can start thinking about making a paper trail to prove it!
I hope this explanation is helpful. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org