By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator
Peas waiting to be planted with the paper pot transplanter at Patchwork Farm in Copper Hill, VA
You may be wondering: what's the deal with the paper pot transplanter? Is it actually worth the investment? Will it really save my back? And wait a second: if I'm a Certified Naturally Grown farm, can I even use this tool for my crops?!
Certified Naturally Grown will continue to allow the use of paper pot transplanters on CNG operations.
In early 2018, the USDA National Organic Program banned this tool for certified organic operations due to a synthetic binder in the pots. In response to a petition from Small Farm Works, the National Organics Standards Board is reviewing the substances used in paper pots. Meantime, NOP has walked back its original ruling, and is temporarily extending the use of paper pot transplanters in organic system until further notice.
Anna Wilson of Brown Bottle Farm in Mulino, OR is grateful that CNG continues to stand by this tool:
Being able to use the paper pot transplanter and maintain our certification shows us that CNG understands and appreciates farmers. They also see how it can increase yields, cultivate in a variety of locations, and be at the forefront of progressive natural farming practices. I don’t know what we would have done if we were unable to use this tool. It has meant a lot to our small farm.
Don't just take Anna's word on the paper pot transplanter. Read on to learn other farmers' perceived pros (and cons) on this Japanese tool.Read more