Fall 2016 Newsletter

Posted on September 22, 2016


We had a busy summer at CNG,  certifying 112 farms since April. We are pleased to welcome a new Member Services coordinator, Lindsey Jo, and to put new marketing initiatives to the test! Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Click here to get the Harvest Quarterly delivered to your inbox. 



 ...and the applications keep coming in ~ 122 new ones since April! 


press.pngNew Service: Let us Write Your Press Release

Farmers are nearly always strapped for time, but a story in the local paper could bring some welcome recognition. We now support CNG farmers' marketing by drafting and submitting a press release to local news outlets! Are you opening a farm stand, starting a new market, proud to be the first CNG farmer in your county, or growing an unusual crop? These are topics of interest to your local community! Learn more on our blog! 

Ready for some local publicity? Drop a note to [email protected]. We'll see you in the papers!

New Way to Participate: Be a Local Inspection Coordinatorbees.png

We are pleased to announce a new way to be a part of the CNG support network. Local Inspection Coordinators, with support from the CNG staff, will help arrange members' annual inspections. Their main role is to pair farmers with peer-inspectors. They will facilitate timely completion of the inspection requirement, while ensuring that CNG protocols are upheld. 

This is a great way to assist CNG farmers and play an important role within our grassroots organization. Ongoing training and support will be provided.

Learn more and register your interest here!

AmbassadorCall for Ambassadors ~ Represent CNG in Your Area 

Last year we created the CNG Ambassador program to increase the number of people networking and reaching out on behalf of Certified Naturally Grown. Ambassadors typically present to local groups, and might staff a CNG exhibit at an agricultural conference. We have identified some of our best representatives through this program! 

But it's a very big country, and there's a lot of ground to cover, so we're looking for more Ambassadors. If you'd like to represent CNG in your home state or local community, please register your interest on the CNG Ambassador page. Ambassadors receive training and are invited to participate in quarterly conference calls with other CNG leaders.

Feel free to get in touch if you have questions about this program. Call the office or write to [email protected]

Staff and Board Updates staff.png

The staff of CNG is a small but mighty crew. Earlier this summer we expanded by 33% when we gained Lindsey Jo Smith, who took over the role of Member Services Coordinator. (Aly was promoted, and Hannah continues to be our certification specialist from her outpost in Minnesota.) Lindsey Jo was born and raised in South Texas, where she grew up raising cattle, hogs and chickens on the family homestead. We're so glad to have her talents and passion for sustainability deployed on behalf of the CNG community. You can read an interview with Lindsey Jo on our blog

The arrival of Lindsey Jo enables us to tap Aly's creative talents in her new role as Design and Marketing Specialist. Few things make Aly happier than to help our members shine with a colorful, custom-designed banner, a beautiful new brochure, or a story she helps get placed in a local paper. Read Alice's interview with Aly on our blog. Contact Aly directly at[email protected] to see how she can support your marketing. You can also get tips and inspiration at StandOutInYourField.org

We are delighted to welcome our four new board members. They each bring bring valuable experience and expertise to our organization, and all are actively involved in farming. Read about the CNG Board of Directors here

Photos, from left to right: Lindsey Jo, Alice, and Aly. Not pictured: Hannah.

donate.pngTime to Replenish the Scholarship Fund

CNG certification dues are quite reasonable, but for some they're still a financial stretch. And unlike the organic program, CNG certification dues are not subsidized by public money. Instead, CNG farmers and our supporters have chipped in to establish our scholarship fund, with excellent results.

Since it was created in 2012, the fund has distributed 85 scholarships with a total value of $6,230. Many farmers who hit a rough patch, or who were just getting started a few years ago, are on a strong footing today thanks in part to help they received covering their certification dues.

As we anticipate a flood of new applications this winter, we know our scholarship fund needs to be replenished if we're going to meet all the worthy requests for assistance we will receive. Please chip in to the Scholarship Fund if you're able. Your generous contribution will help cover certification costs for beginning farmers and those facing unusual hardships like extreme weather, physical injury, or crop loss. Thank you very much! 

Congratulations to Our 112 Newly Certified Members!

We are delighted to recognize the 112 farmers and beekeepers who have completed all the CNG requirements since April. Find the newly certified members listed below alphabetically by state and province. 

To find a list of all the CNG producers in your area, visit our searchable map here. Want to get your farm listed? Get Certified!


Four Winds Farm, AK 
Ever-Hope Farm, AL
Neal Family Farms LLC, AL
RockyCrop Farms, AL
dHfarm, AR
Ozark Alternatives, AR
Price's Farm, AR
Southern Sprout Gardens, AR
Yarbro Farms, AR
Y-Not Homestead, AZ
Shamrock Farm, CA
Crooked Clove Farm & Ranch LLC, CO
Tate Orchards-The Peach Factory, CO
Majors Country Farm, FL
Monarch Manor Farm, FL
Sundew Gardens, FL
Berryvine Farms, GA
Deepwater Farm, GA
East Georgia Produce, GA
Flora Gothica Farms, GA
Full Moon Farm, GA
Garden Of Yve Herbal Tea Farm, GA
Good Samaritan Urban Farm, GA
Grandpa Joe's Garlic Farm, GA
Little Fox Farm, GA
Lucky Leaf Farm, GA
The Leaf and Bell Heritage Farm LLC, GA
Whippoorwill Farm, GA
Durga Farms, HI
One Song Farm, HI
Doe's and Diva's Dairy, Inc., IA
Hideaway Gardens, IA
Cedarville Organics, ID
Faithful Seeds Farm, ID
River City Farm, ID

Metropolitan Farms, IL
Midnight Sun Farm, IL
Old Paths Farms, IL
Potbelly Acres, IL
Bird Creek Gardens, IN
Peace Bees, LLC, IN
Flint Hills Garlic Farm, KS
Team BEE Farms, KS
Greensleeves Farm, KY
Pebals Farm, LA
Cacklebee Farm, MD
Owl's Nest Farm, MD
Blackbird Farms LLC, MI
Blue Star Produce, Inc., MI
Cranberry Lake Farm, MI
Earth Weavers, MI
Hayes Farms, MI
Spencer Apiaries, MI
Sunny Harvest Farms, MI
Ward Vegetables, MI
Deer Meadow Farm, MN
Bears Den Produce, MO
Perdue Farm, MO
Bountiful Harvest Farms, MS
The Healthy Vegetable Farm, MS
Bird Lady Farms, LLC, NC
Goldfinch Gardens, NC
Jesse's Farm & Produce, NC
Pine Ridge Apiaries LLC, NE
Argos Farm, NJ
Pinelands Pure, NJ
Summer Solstice Farm, NJ
Green Heron Apiary, NY
Hartwood Farm, NY
Project Eats, NY
The Campaign Against Hunger Farms, NY
Tiny House Farm Augusta NY, NY
Whistle Down Farm, NY

Adams Greenhouse & Produce LLC, OH
Dutch Garlic Farms, OH
GardenView Acres, OH
Growing Companions Greenhouse, OH
Simple Living Farm, OH
Parham Pharm, OK
Bohlayer's Orchards, PA
East Morning Star, PA
Green Warrior Farms LLC, PA
New View Farm, PA
Simmons Family Garlic LLC., PA
Uncle Henry's Garden, PA
Nature's Peace Garden, SC
Arrowhead Farms, TN
Blissful Spring Farm, TN
Forgotten Pines Farm, TN
Serenity Knoll Farm, TN
Kearley Seeds & Pepper Co., TX
Meeting House Farm & Apiary, VA
Misty Mountain Farm, VA
Rockbridge Cider, VA
The Schafer Family Farm, VA
Onatrue Farm, WA
Pacific Crest Farm, WA
Runnerbean Ranch, WA
Foggy Ridge Family Farm, WI
River Valley Farm, WV
Sun Up Farm, WV
Windswept Farm Apiary, WV

Green Meadows, NB
Cook's Lake Farm, NS
Western Branch Haskap Orchards, NS
Back 40 Beekeeping, ON
Greenbrook Farms Ltd, ON
Inverlea Farm, ON
The Heritage Bee Co, ON
Twin Creeks Organic Farm, ON