Mushroom Standards Posted! Seeking Comments

Posted on November 23, 2015

Our Draft Mushroom Standards have been posted for public review. Please take a look and tell us what you think! Find them at:










We're proud of the work we've done in consultation with the experts on our Mushroom Advisory Council (below) to develop a new Mushroom Certification Program. This program will complement the certification programs CNG currently offers for soil-based produce and livestock farmers, and to beekeepers using natural methods. The new mushroom program will be available to both indoor and outdoor mushroom operations. 

Certified Naturally Grown seeks comments from diverse perspectives, including mushroom producers, researchers, soil-based farmers, and interested members of the public. Feedback can be provided easily via an online survey.

Please share your feedback and help us ensure that the CNG Mushroom Standards are rigorous, reasonable, and complete. Those sleepy days after Thanksgiving are a great time to read Mushroom Standards! The comment period ends December 22, 2015, but we always welcome your feedback, at any point.




Thank you in advance for any comments you can offer. We really appreciate it! We expect to begin accepting applications for CNG's Mushroom Certification Program in February, 2016. Register for updates at

Many thanks to the members of CNG's Mushroom Advisory Council for getting us this far.

Tradd Cotter
Author, Organic Mushroom Cultivation and Mycoremediation
Director of Cultivation, Research & Product Development, Mushroom Mountain LLC 
Easley, South Carolina 

Steve Gabriel
Author, Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests
Extension Agroforestry Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program
Farmer, Wellspring Forest Farm
Ithaca, New York

Dr. Peter Hartel
Professor Emeritus, Soil Microbiology, University of Georgia, UGArgden
Founder, UGA certificate program in organic agriculture
Athens, Georgia  

Nicholas Laskovski
Farmer/Instructor, Dana Forest Farm
NE SARE Grant Recipient (2012, 2014) for Organic Shiitake Cultivation and Market Research
Waitsfield, Vermont

John C. Michelotti
Co-owner, Catskill Fungi
Member, Amazon Mycorenewal Project
Big Indian, New York