Winter Newsletter - 2013

Posted on December 30, 2013

Opening1.jpgWe're already looking forward to a year when even more local farmers and beekeepers will produce food in harmony with nature.

We envision vibrant grassroots networks of CNG producers sharing knowledge and supporting each other to help strengthen local food systems. 

And we envision that in more communities, people who seek good clean food, will look for Certified Naturally Grown. 




Grow CNG - Tell a Friend
GrowCNG_CampaignIcon.jpgFor the first time ever we have a way for non-members to support our work! They can become a Friend of CNG with a contribution of any amount.

People WANT to buy from farms like CNG farms: family-scale, community-based, and GMO/chemical-free. Contributions will enable us to reach thousands more people with effective grassroots marketing that matters. 

(Plus, we have some excellent thank you gifts--including books by Joel Salatin and Janisse Ray.)

Together we'll continue building this movement.  


A Gathering of the Farmers
We're thrilled to announce another first for us. A Gathering of the Farmers will be held at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on March 8.  This event will bring together farmers to share with, learn from, and inspire each other.

Winter Conferences
We'll also be representing CNG at several winter conferences this year. Be sure to stop by our table and say 'hello!'

  • Southern SAWG Conference -- Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms
    January 15-18 | Mobile, AL

  • NOFA-NY Winter Conference -- Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future
    January 24-26 | Saratoga Springs, NY

  • PASA Farming for the Future Conference -- Letting Nature Lead
    February 5-8 | State College, PA

CNG farmers in the news -- Send us your news clippings!

BillBarschaw_Val.jpgBarschawGarlic.jpgThe Yakima Herald recently ran an inspiring story about CNG farmers Bill and Val Barschaw of Swauk Prairie Produce. 

Send us news clippings or links featuring your CNG farm and we'll post them online to reach more people.

Haven't been in the news yet? Here are some tips to get your farm featured by the local paper. 

By sharing your story, you'll raise publicity and community support for your farm and raise awareness about CNG too. Farmers are the heroes of the local food movement, and folks love reading farming stories.

Voices from the Field

JennyJackSunFarm.jpgJenny-Jack Sun Farm, Georgia
When Jenny took Chris' last name Jackson, it inspired one of the punniest farm names we've seen - a tribute to the strength and stubbornness of mules (females are jennies and males are jacks), and the sun we all rely on. 

Plus, it's just really fun to say three times fast. 

CO.HoneybeeKeep.Don-profile.jpgHoneybee Keep, Colorado 
Don Studinsky is busy as as the creatures he keeps! Besides his 24 hives, he also mentors newbie (or should we say newbee?) beekeepers, collects swarms, and more. 



Karen_harvesting.jpgLemon Ladies Orchard, California
What's the secret to the sweetest Meyer lemons? Gratitude. 

Each tree in Karen Morss' orchard is named for a woman who inspired her and helped her to achieve her goals and dreams.


Congratulations to the farmers and beekeepers who've recently completed all the requirements to become Certified Naturally Grown. Is there someone new in your state?

NewFarms2.jpgDixie Doodle Farm, AL
Bean Tree Farm, AZ
BeeWench Farm, CA
Wynola Flats Produce, CA
Priceless Health, FL
Mt.Beasor Farm, FL
Springtide Farm, GA
J and L Farm & Stables, GA
Talmar Gardens, MD
Cooper-Lasley Farm, NC
Spruill Farm Conservation Project, NC
River Taw Farms Apiary, NC
Jeff's Gourmet Garlic Farm, OH
Deer Park West Farm, ON
Caldwell Family Farm, OR
Firelight Farms, LLC, PA 
Green Supreme, PA 
Keiter Plants, PA
Tillman Rabbit Farm, TN 
Tiny Tempest Farm, WI