Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time to recertify

Gidget says, "You're late!"
Our annual certification is due so I've been working on making sure the 14 pages of paperwork  the San Diego agriculture department sent out were completed and I finally got the packet sent off yesterday. I'm slightly late but I'm hoping there will not be a lapse in our certification and if there is, it will only be for a week.
The most intensive part of the paperwork.
The thing that takes the longest is going through each species of plant and then the specific varieties that I want to sell. Tomatoes for example have 6 sub-categories so I have to report not only tomato but break it down into Misc. cherry tomato, orange/white/misc. cherry, pear cherry, red/pink globe, heirloom, or roma/oval and then report how many of each plant I plan to grow throughout the year and how many pounds of each I plan to produce and sell. The same applies for peppers, cucumbers, eggplant and nearly everything else we sell.

I also have to have seeds on hand for all of my winter crops and actually have one of each seed planted for the inspection. It's a lot of brain damage but once it's done, I don't have to worry about it again for another year. For those who are wondering the annual cost to be certified to sell at the farmers market is around $120.00 for our garden. 

We'll be at the market again on Saturday and I'm really excited because I've missed it. Hopefully we'll see you then.

Looking through the passion fruit into the front garden

1 comment:

  1. WoW.. so much to keep track of. Well, I am sure Gidget is relieved that you got all of your "i's" dotted and "t's" crossed so she doesnt have to sweat it and can get back to important things... like chasing Butterfly's! See you at the Farmers Market!