These past two months have been quite an adventure. One of the main goals around the farm is to be as sustainable as possible. With that being said, every three years we have to go through and take a pesticide safety test which answers a bunch of questions on how and why we operate like we do. It is mandatory to pass a certification test in order for us to provide a safe and sustainable farm for our customers.
After passing the course we are able to purchase and apply chemicals that all farmers can use, including organic farmers. Here is a link to the study material that we are tested on, http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/pesticide-safety/ppatmanual.html, it can be quite extensive. Not only is it required, it makes good sense for the safety of the farmer and his employees. We take great pride in our safety record around the farm and our insurance company thanks us as well. They charge too much but at least they say thank you.
As we move into the spring months our plans are put into action and the greenhouses are starting to fill up with flowers and vegetable transplants. Before you know it the dust will be flying and the planters will be rolling.