Montgomery County, MD Uses CNG Standards to Recognize Sustainable Farms

Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm CNGLast week, community leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland expanded their Green Business Directory to include Certified Naturally Grown and USDA organic farms. The most populated county in Maryland, and one that borders Washington, DC, Montgomery County makes it easy for residents to discover a variety of ecologically-minded services, restaurants, nonprofits, and now, farms and gardens. 

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Winter 2018 Newsletter

CNG Newsletter
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We have news about our new membership campaign, our partnership with FarmSpread, our first business allies, and perks for market managers who refer farmers to CNG.

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Farmspread Partners with Certified Naturally Grown

FarmSpreadWe are pleased to announce a new partnership with Farmspreada comprehensive farmers market management platform, which will enable farmers to feature their Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) status on their Farmspread vendor profile page. 

Farmspread was created to promote direct sales of farm and artisan products while supporting the expansion of alternative food distribution channels such as farmers markets. Our partnership with Farmspread promises to boost the online presence of CNG producers who choose to participate, and introduce our certifications to many new local food enthusiasts and the farmers who feed them. 

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Goal: 200 New Applications by April 15

Every member add a member. This was a membership campaign idea suggested to us by a CNG grower, and we're proud to announce that the idea is taking off! 

We're offering a $25 Gift Card to members who refer an applicant to Certified Naturally Grown by April 15. The new applicant can get one too - it's a win-win-win! Please spread the word, and help us reach our goal of 200 by April 15!

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Join the CNG Membership Campaign!

EveryMember.pngWith the onset of spring, many farmers are considering their certification options. And when one news report after another shows how the organic program has become co-opted by corporate interests, more farmers are seeking an alternative. We want to be sure they seriously consider CNG certification.

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New #CNGproud Signs for Markets


This spring, we're providing these #CNGproud signs to farmer's markets and food co-ops that have met the criteria to become listed in our Markets Directory. 

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Market Management Software for Farmers Market Managers


When we released the news a few weeks ago that ManageMyMarket created ways for CNG growers to become more visible and searchable on farmers market websites, we wondered, what other tools are out there for farmers market managers? 

Our search led us to a few leaders in the farmers market game: FarmSpread and MarketWurks, in addition to ManageMyMarket. (photo above is from Umpqua Valley Farmers Market in Roseburg, Oregon, and features Big Lick Farm)

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Spotlight on Mushroom Growers Who Joined CNG this Winter


Photo from Fat Top Farm

Mushrooms are full of nutrients are are delicious to eat, but few conscientious eaters know how they’re grown or where they come from. These magnificent fungi behave so differently from plants that they needed a separate certification, and Certified Naturally Grown was ready to fill the gap. Since launching our Mushroom Certification in 2016, we’ve certified several mushroom producers from coast to coast. Here’s an update on the mushroom growers of CNG and what they’re up to.

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ManageMyMarket Adds CNG to Vendor Applications


Photo from Broad Wing Farm at Umpqua Valley Farmers Market in Roseburg, Oregon.

Hundreds of Certified Naturally Grown farmers participate in farmers markets that utilize the MangeMyMarket software for vendor registration, sales, invoices and reports, but until recently, it wasn’t possible for them to select their certification when registering as a vendor or creating their online profiles. We’re thrilled to announce that in January of this year, ManageMyMarket decided to offer Certified Naturally Grown as one of two sustainable designations (the other is Organic) in their vendor application! 

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Make the Most of Your Certification This Winter


It’s true, there really is no “slow” season on a farm. But for some, winter is the ideal time to enhance your marketing game. Make the most of your CNG certification by taking these steps:

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