CNG Staff

Alice Varon  Certified Naturally GrownAlice Varon, Executive Director
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Alice Varon is Executive Director of Certified Naturally Grown. CNG offers peer-review certification for farmers and beekeepers who produce food for their local communities without the use of synthetic chemicals and GMOs. In 2010 Alice helped launch CNG's apiary program to support and encourage natural beekeeping. More recently she worked with experts to develop new CNG certification programs for aquaponics and mushroom producers. She is an active member of IFOAM-Organics International, serving as the North American representative on IFOAM's PGS Committee, a group formed to support the development of grassroots certification programs like CNG that are built on trust, social networks and knowledge exchange. When not working, Alice enjoys exploring the woods and mountain biking in New York's Hudson Valley where she grows Shiitake mushrooms on logs, battles invasive plants, and will someday resume her beekeeping hobby.

Keegan Athey

Keegan Athey, Certification Specialist & Outreach Coordinator
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Keegan is a long time farmer, river guide, and desert rat. With more than ten years of experience in organic agriculture, she has pulled calves, carrots, muscles, and weeds on farms and ranches throughout the Mountain West. After years of running CNG farms in Idaho, Keegan shifted out of production agriculture and into a research associate position at the Colorado State University Organic Agriculture Research Station. Keegan lives in Hotchkiss, Colorado where she spends her free time running rivers, climbing, and taking apart vehicles with her partner, Andy.

 

 

Jenna Sabers Certified Naturally GrownErin Worrall, Social Media and Programs Coordinator
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Erin Worrall is a homesteader and market gardener in Blacksburg, Virginia. She raises dairy cows and goats, pastured pork, beef, and chicken, 1/3 acre of vegetables, a small orchard, and four children on her family farm. She teaches online sourdough workshops and enjoys knitting, quilting, and cooking with the foods she grows. At CNG, Erin will provide educational and community-building opportunities for members as well as outreach to consumers looking for food grown to high standards and in harmony with nature.

 

Chad Gard Certified Naturally GrownCathy Joly, Member Services Coordinator
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Cathy is an avid gardener and cook who is passionate about nutritious food and will go to great lengths to support small farms. After leaving the engineering world to homeschool her children, she has thoroughly enjoyed delving into regenerative agriculture, green building, medicinal herbs, raising fiber animals, and working on small produce and dairy farms. Cathy is grateful to reside in Temple, New Hampshire where she serves on the town’s Conservation Commission. She lives in an off-grid strawbale home with her partner and dog.