Organic Certification

Spiro, OK(Zone 7a)

I just moved to my mother-in-law's farm and we want to get certified organic. Here's the problem: Last year, they sprayed the horse paddocks (which we planned to use for steer) and their home garden with Sevin. Clearly an organic no-no. So, I've got a few questions:

How long does it take for Sevin to dissipate out of soil?
Is there anything we can do to speed up that process?
If we grow our farm market gardens where Sevin was not sprayed, is it still likely to be contaminated?
When testing a farm for certification, do they sample where you're growing, or everywhere?

My mother-in-law realizes that Sevin was a really bad idea, particularly since we now want to focus on organic certification.

(I know certification isn't the be-all-end-all, but our cousin just landed a huge contract with her school district to provide organic produce to the schools). Thanks!

Baker City, OR(Zone 5b)

I hope you have answers by now. We are part of an orgaincally certified farm/ranch but were not involved in the paperwork. I agree, the Sevin was a bad idea. Oregon Tilth (which is nationwide) is the group our neighbor chose because the standards were very high. Their requirement was for no chemical fertilizers, sprays, etc, be used for 3 years. They do soil, forage and water samples. Other certifying groups are less strict. A google search would give you places to start inquiring.

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

I think 3 years chemical free is a nation wide requirement.
Some of our vendors are going certified natural grown. This keeps the government out of it.
Don't know why the government took over organic but have a good idea what happened.

Personally, I would not buy organic things trusting they are chemical free. Some of the chemicals that are ok for organic are more toxic than the conventional farming chemicals.
Only difference is how they are made.
The certified natural people don't use any chemicals organic or otherwise.

Bernie

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