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We have news about the next phase of CNG's work, our Draft Weed Management, our Scholarship Fund, and the August 21 solar eclipse. Enjoy!
Building on Strengths to Grow the Movement
Building a more sustainable food system requires a variety of approaches, from training new farmers, to teaching people how to cook real food, to advocating policy changes, to offering meaningful certification programs.
No one organization can do it all. We need each other, and to value one another’s contributions. For 15 years, CNG has served a special niche in this movement. Just like in ecosystems, we depend on others to play different roles.
As we think about what’s needed to strengthen the good food movement, we’re looking closely at what CNG brings that’s distinct and valuable. Certification is important. But we understand it’s only a part of what’s needed, and we feel like we are well-positioned to expand our work – particularly in the area of building local food systems.
As we map out the next phase of CNG’s work, we would like to get your input. What qualities do you most value about CNG? And what enhanced role do you think CNG could play in the sustainable food movement, beyond offering certifications?
Congratulations to our Newly Certified Members
We are delighted to recognize the 48 farmers and beekeepers who have completed all the requirements for CNG certification since mid-June. Find our newly certified members listed below alphabetically by state and province.
Orsi Organic Produce, AK
|Heartstrong Farm LLC, NC
Moonlight Microgreens, NC
Newbill of Health, NC
Sapp & Sons Lavender Farm, NM
Freville Farm, LLC, NY
Leaning Birch Farm, NY
Schooner Farms, OH
Family Roots Farm, OH
Champion Club Farms, OR
Pomeroys Gourmet Garlic, OR
Wagener Bogs, OR
Mountain View Farm, PA
Apoidea Apiary LLC, PA
Four Blade Farm, PA
BlackThumb Farms, TN
Goodrich Market Garden, TX
Heart & Bones Hollow, VA
Perennial Roots Farm, VA
Hartland Natural Farm, VA
Swallow Hill Gardens, VT
Gale's Garlic Gardens, WI
Emandare Vineyard, BC
Haskap Haven Farm Inc, NS
Seeking Comments on Draft Weed Management Standards
Biodegradable plastic mulch, or biofilm, offers an alternative to the commonly used black plastic film made of polyethylene. Whether biofilm is a good fit for a particular farming operation depends on its soils and climate, but we are inclined to give CNG farmers the option to use it. Before we make this policy official, we're seeking input from the public on our proposed new weed management standard. Please review the draft standard here and share your feedback. The deadline to participate is next Wednesday, August 30. We hope to hear from you.
Be a Friend and Help a Farmer
Since 2011 CNG's Scholarship Fund has helped to cover part or all of the certification dues for beginning farmers and those facing unusual hardship. It has made an important difference in the lives of many farmers. A few scholarship recipients are noted below.
In 2017, demand has outstripped supply and we anticipate another wave of applications this winter. Please help us replenish the Scholarship Fund so we can continue to offer this valuable assistance. Become a Friend of CNG with a gift of any amount - $15, $20 or $250 - during August, and your contribution will go toward the Scholarship Fund. Kindly help us reach our goal of $500 by August 31st.
Meet some of our scholarship recipients:
- Health By Plants in Wisconsin is expanding their growing season and market offerings
- Owl's Wood Farm in New York built their reputation and eventually purchased their own land
- Owl's Nest Farm in Maryland benefitted from the support found in the CNG community
- Bean Tree Farm in Arizona kept their certification in face of economic hardship and offered classes on desert growing and cooking techniques
CNG Farmers Get Front Row Seats to the Eclipse
Today, the solar eclipse will be visible to anyone in the US, a rare event that hasn't happened since 1918. There are 57 CNG farms located in the direct path of the eclipse, and another 300 will see 90% obscuration. Lucky them! To celebrate this astrological event, we made a map that shows the CNG farms that are closest to the total eclipse. We also shared some farmworker safety tips for those in the fields when it happens. Please be safe and enjoy the eclipse!