Every certifying KMG farm must inspect another farm. This is the essence of the peer-to-peer Participatory Guarantee System that KMG was founded on according to guidelines set by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). All the necessary inspection reports can be downloaded below.
All KMG forms are electronically fillable. Please do not submit paper inspection forms. Please fill these forms electronically and email them to email@example.com. For detailed instructions on filling, signing, and saving the documents, see Filling Out Electronic Forms.
Inspecting another farm requires a commitment of time and the expense of printing forms to bring on the inspection. Each farm certifying for KMG bears these costs to avoid the much higher cost of third-party inspection and administration required by other certifying systems.
1) INSPECTION REPORT - HARD COPY FOR NOTES
Every inspector will need to download either the Produce Inspection Report or the Livestock Inspection Report, or both depending on the type of farm they will inspect. Inspectors print a copy of the full blank inspection report(s) to take notes while inspecting the farm.
2) FARM APPLICATION - HARD COPY FOR NOTES
Every inspector will have been emailed the complete set of application forms from the farm to be inspected. Several forms have checkboxes for the inspector or places for inspector comments. Inspectors print a copy of the farm's entire application to bring on the inspection for review and to take notes and check boxes.
3) ENTER NOTES INTO ELECTRONIC FORMS
When the inspector returns home, they type their notes into the electronically fillable forms, including not only the inspection reports but also any portions of the application requiring inspector check marks or notes. Save the altered application files with a new name, for example "Sunnyhill Farm KMG Application 2015 - inspected.pdf"
The inspection reports will need to be electronically signed and saved again. (See Filling Out Electronic Forms for details.)
4) EMAIL INSPECTED APPLICATION AND REPORTS
The entire package of inspection reports and the farm's inspected applications are attached to an email and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Produce Inspection Report is completed by the inspector of farms attempting to certify produce, hay, transplants, or other field and greenhouse crops.
- The Livestock Inspection Report is completed by the inspector of farms attempting to certify livestock products such as meat, eggs, milk, or other primary animal products.