We have news about the markets and food co-ops that prefer CNG, the USDA postponement of the NOP Livestock Standards, our fun new T-shirt designs, and the perks for new members who join CNG in the fall.
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-August. They are listed below alphabetically by state and province. Hats off to Georgia for delivering a particularly nice crop of farmers this season!
Orsi Organic Produce, AK
Heartstrong Farm LLC, NC
Markets and Co-ops that Prefer CNG
Did you know we maintain a directory of farmers markets and food co-ops that prefer to work with Certified Naturally Grown farmers? Check out our Markets Directory and see if your favorite market or local food coop is listed. If not, and you think it should it be, please let us know! We want to highlight and thank them for working with producers who have taken steps to obtain CNG certification and verify they don't use synthetic chemicals or GMOs.
To dig deeper, check out our blog post profiling Farmers Markets that Require High Standards with Certification and one featuring Co-ops and Grocers that Prefer CNG.
If you run a market and have more applicants than vendor spots to fill, CNG could help! Streamline your screening process by adding a recommendation or requirement that vendors hold a certification. We are happy to mail you some Farmer Brochures to distribute to vendors. Just Get in Touch with your mailing address and how many you'd like.
USDA Postpones Update to NOP Livestock Standards
Livestock raised on CNG farms and on most organic farms have it pretty good. But sadly, factory farms continue to take advantage of very loose interpretations of organic livestock standards. Advocates fought hard to change this, but last week the USDA announced it would again delay implementation of stricter standards that would prohibit certification of operations where livestock never experience fresh air or sunshine, and make other important changes. Get more info on our blog post here.
New Shirt Designs for CNG Livestock Farmers & Friends
In response to requests from CNG livestock producers, we have created new t-shirt designs featuring ruminants! (Bovine and goat). Get yours in our T-shirt shop. Our partner prints the shirts on-demand according to your specifications for size, color, and shirt design. They are offering 20% off Friday - Monday, Nov 24 - 27 ~ just enter discount code SALE2017 at checkout.
These designs were hand-drawn by our very own Aly Miller who is also available to design your market banner, business cards or labels. Interested? Get in touch!
Join CNG this Fall
Want to tell a farmer about CNG? We can support your outreach by sending you some Farmer Brochures. Order them in the CNG store or drop a note by reply email and tell us how many you'd like.
If you're not a farmer, or not ready to get certified, please become a Friend of CNG with a monthly contribution of any amount. Friends help keep CNG affordable to all qualified farmers. To thank you, we'll send you our three bumperstickers: Eat Real Food, Who's Your Farmer?, and Grow Different.