CNG producers must meet these core program requirements annually to maintain their certification.
Producers are authorized to use the CNG name and logo and receive our marketing materials only after their application is accepted and the three core requirements are completed.
We recommend $200 per year, but let members determine the exact amount, whether more or less. We offer several payment plans to make it easier to pay the recommended $200 over time in smaller amounts. The minimum dues is $110 per year (except for beekeepers with only apiary certification, who must pay some amount, but to accommodate hobbyists, we don't set a minimum). Pay dues in our CNG store or by check. For beginning farmers and those facing unusual hardships we have established a Scholarship Fund. You may wait to pay dues until after your application is accepted.
Your signature on the Declaration indicates you understand and accept the terms of participating in the CNG program. Your signed Declaration will be posted on your online profile. With livestock certification a Feed Supplier Declaration is also required.
All farms must arrange an on-site Inspection to take place within two growing season months of the date when their application is accepted, and then annually. Inspections are done by other CNG farmers. For full details, review the Inspection Worksheets and Guidelines.
The Peer-Review: CNG's "Work" Requirement
CNG is powered by the active participation of our members. All certified producers are required to conduct a peer review annually. This is an aspect of CNG that many farmers most appreciate. The work requirement is waived if there is not another CNG producer within an hour's drive who needs an inspection. It is prohibited to "trade" inspections with the person who inspected your farm or apiary.
For a visual representation of the certification process, check out our Certification Flow Chart.
This is something that you should do in your own way. The observations you record today will help you plan tomorrow. We simply ask that you maintain records of the following items in one convenient folder for your inspector to quickly and easily access. Copies should not be sent to us.
- Receipts and orders of the following: seed and transplant orders; any purchased soil amendment items (off farm compost, rock powders, pre-mixed Organic Fertilizers, etc.); and any purchased botanical and biological pesticides (Bt, Sulfur, insecticidal soap, etc.)
- An updated copy of your application. This was emailed to you when it was accepted by us, or updated by you. It can also be printed from your online profile.
- Farmers that use chelated micronutrients to correct a soil deficiency must have soil tests from within the past twelve months that specifically note the deficiency.
- Producers with Mushroom or Aquaponic certification will have additional record keeping requirements, which are defined in the standards for those programs.
That's it! Now you can get back to the REAL work of running your farm!