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June 27, 2017
Chicken inspection
That’s our girl! (guest photo)

Last Thursday, we had our annual inspection for our organic certification. This is our fourth inspection; the first was in 2014, when we were originally certified. The process is feeling pretty routine now, but there always seems to be something new. This year, we added our chickens to our certification and we had a new inspector. After a few years with the same inspector, OTCO (Oregon Tilth Certified Organic) likes to switch it up and put a fresh pair of eyes on the farm. With the chickens, it seemed fitting that our new inspector is a poultry specialist.

The Cascadia snap peas under audit.

Most of the inspection was spent inside, going over our organic system plan and our records. We showed our receipts for materials purchased and package labels. Then we had an audit, tracing a product from seed to sale. We showed what and how much seed we bought, how much we planted, how much was harvested and how much was sold. In the process, we showed how we keep our records and the ability to trace an item. This year, our snap peas were audited. We went through our snap pea records, and luckily, it all added up!

Lacinato kale tissue sample taken here.

Each year, Oregon Tilth, as an accredited certifier, is required by The National Organic Program to test some plant material for prohibited pesticides and methods (like GMOs) from at least 5% of their clients. This year, we are in that 5%. Our inspector took leaves from several kale plants. They will be sent off to a lab and we will be notified of the results. We are happy to be a part of this process, because we are surrounded by conventional growers and it will be good to know if the materials they use on their crops are drifting onto ours.

At the end, our inspector let us know that everything looked good and she had no issues of concern. Her report goes back to the Oregon Tilth office, where it will be reviewed. If everything lines up, we will be notified that our certification continues.

The Ronde de Nice zucchini has arrived! Perfect for grilling!
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Eileen permalink
    June 27, 2017 9:39 pm

    Congratulations on Year 4! Love the chicken picture, especially. So good to see you and Steven on Friday – I know it meant a lot to Tess!

  2. Geraldine A Ethen permalink
    June 28, 2017 9:47 am

    Congratulations, Michelle!

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