Photo from Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Ajo, Arizona, showing their inspection with Frank Martin of Crooked Sky Farms.
Peer reviews are a pillar of our certification programs. They help ensure CNG production standards are being met, while at the same time they strengthen local farming networks and create learning opportunities.Read more
We’ve designed 20 banners since we began designing marketing materials for farmers last May. We’ve also designed 7 sets of business cards, 2 Every Door Direct postcards, and yard signs. It fits in with our belief that signage helps CNG farmers stand out at the market, making their certifications more valuable!
We had an action-packed winter at CNG, certifying 51 farms since September and renewing hundreds of longtime members. We are pleased to announce several new initiatives to strengthen our community of farmers, markets, and supporters. Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Click here to get the Harvest Quarterly delivered to your inbox.Read more
The #CNGgrit photography project is well underway. With this project, we're documenting both the beauty and the grit--the determination and plain ol' sweat that it takes to get the job done. The project is twofold: we're sharing photos that our CNG member farms post on social media on our Instagram feed (@cngfarming) and we're also sending volunteer professional photographers out to CNG farms, in hopes of providing them with photos they can use in their marketing endeavors.Read more
Photo by Isabel Grudowski, 2013
Beautiful, vibrant photos of your farm or apiary are some of your most important marketing tools. They serve as powerful visuals everywhere from your online marketing strategy to banners, business cards, and postcards.Read more
It’s conference season, so we’re busy stuffing our carryons with as many handbooks, bumper stickers, temporary tattoos, and CNG tshirts as we can! For many farmers in the north, the winter months aren’t just for seed ordering and hibernating, it’s for networking and sustainable agriculture conferences.
(Image from Rose Creek Farms)Read more
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The Southern SAWG conference is the largest and best conference for sustainable farmers in the southeast. It's worth every effort to be there!Read more
Farming and cooking go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of farmer-run recipe blogs in our talented community. If adding a recipe page to your website or blog is a goal of yours, here are some inspiring recipe blogs to keep in mind!Read more
On a cold and windy day last January in central Kentucky, Ed and Lora Ginter welcomed a group of CNG farmers on a tour of Bluegrass Aquaponics. The chilly wind left no doubt that it was winter outside, but entering the greenhouse felt like stepping inside a tropical oasis. Amidst the vibrant lettuces, big tanks of swimming tilapia, and ripening tomatoes, Ed and Lora showed the group the intricacies of their operation. Rarely had the Ginters received such a knowledgeable and curious group. The CNG farmers, having convened in Lexington for the annual Southern SAWG conference, posed detailed questions about how the Ginters managed fertility and pests. Everyone was impressed by the size and quality of the produce being harvested.Read more