Harris Seeds Organic Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Harris Seeds Organic Helps Alternative Certification

It may be January, but June is never far from Certified Naturally Grown farmers' minds! Seed catalogs arrive in mailboxes this time of the year with an anticipated thud, each glossy booklet brimming with jewel-toned possibilities for the growing season ahead.

Harris Seeds Organic's catalog doesn't disappoint (just look at that constellation!), and we're proud to announce that they were among some of the first companies to sign on as a Business Ally of Certified Naturally Grown!

In this month of seed dreaming and crop plan scheming, we interviewed Brand Manager Daniel Eggert about how his work with Harris Seeds Organic supports the nationwide community of CNG growers.

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Grassroots Representation at 2019 Conferences

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Alternative Grassroots Certified Naturally Grown Organic Supporters
Farmers from Raindrop Ridge, Five Apple Farm Honey, and Spruill Farm Conservation Project with CNG's Alice Varon at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Conference

We can't wait to see you at a number of conferences throughout the US in the next few months!

...and by "we," we mean the CNG community at large.

That's right, local Certified Naturally Grown Ambassadors will be representing our grassroots group at these excellent events. 

We are delighted to be able to tap CNG farmers to enthusiastically stand for our certification at local (but large!) events. This means we can be more efficient as an organization, minimizing travel costs and allowing local folks to dig deeper into their communities to help CNG grow.

Keep reading to learn the whos, whats, wheres, and whens of the 2019 conference season!

Plus: Are you looking to connect with our ambassadors or attend a CNG meetup during the conference? Sign up at the tail end of this post!

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Local Farms: Going Strong in 2019!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Grateful Sustainable Alternative Organic Farmers


Thanks to our generous community, we SURPASSED our 2018 fundraising goal of $3,000 for our Grassroots Fund!

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Certified Naturally Grown Christmas Trees: Q&A With Farmer Chris Delaney

By Aly Miller, Design and Marketing

Certified Naturally Grown Christmas Trees

In the lush wilderness of British Columbia sits Santa Rosa Ranch, a Certified Naturally Grown Christmas tree farm, where trees are grown in harmony with nature without use of synthetic chemicals or pesticides. These beautiful fir trees are not only healthy for the soil, water and wildlife, but also safe for people and their homes.

Farmer Christopher Delaney at Santa Rosa Ranch in Barrière, British Columbia, is the only majority-Christmas tree grower in the Certified Naturally Grown community, and this year marks his first harvest.

Just in time for the holidays, we interviewed Delaney about what it’s like to grow Christmas trees and bring them to market for the first time.

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5 CNG Farms with Thoughtful Holiday Gifts

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Sustainable Alternative Organic Certified Christmas Wreath Decoration

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...have you made your list, and checked it twice?

Whether you're looking for the perfect something for your mom or your employer, your mail carrier or your daughter, Kwanzaa or Christmas, Certified Naturally Grown farmers and beekeepers have the perfect gifts for your community! Plus, when you buy a present directly from our family of grassroots growers, your gift supports growers who say "no!" to GMOs and synthetic chemicals. 

With all the gifting (and re-gifting) that happens this time of year, why not give a gift that creates a more eco-friendly world?

Keep reading for our guide to farm-friendly treats. Don't worry, we won't tell if you buy one of everything for yourself, too!

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CNG Farmers Fight Extreme Weather

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Alternative Organic Certified Farm Climate Change

Imagine . . . you’ve lost all but one room of your home.

The power has been out for three weeks, so you’ve been forced to shower and cook outside in 100°F weather with endless rain. Cell service is close to impossible. You can forget about internet.

What’s more, you’re a farmer. Your acres are decimated. You’ve lost everything but your purple top turnips in the saturated soil.

This is the reality for Ronnie and Scott Barnes of Happy Homestead Farm in Fountain, Florida. They have to be prepared for any little “blip on the radar” to become a Category 4 storm, like Hurricane Michael did in early October.

They could lose their entire farm at any moment.

Farmers depend on our Grassroots Fund to get through difficult times. But this year’s hardships surpassed all prior years, and the fund has run dry. Won’t you help us replenish it? Your gift today will be MATCHED!

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Giving Thanks for the Hard Work of Sustainable CNG Farmers

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Alternative Sustainable Farm Vegetable Love

Image via Songbird Farm

Certified Naturally Grown farmers and beekeepers work tirelessly to grow the very stuff that keeps us alive! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we're sharing a few of the many of tough jobs growers do to keep our fridges full and our hearts fed.

Read on to see if your least favorite farm chore made the cut!

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Our Brand-New Print Newsletter About Certified Naturally Grown Farmers

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Sustainable Organic Alternative Newsletter

We're proud to announce that we just sent out the first-ever edition of our print newsletter, Growing Above and Beyond! Read on for a sneak peek at the articles, and learn how to snag you very own copy.

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5 Veteran Farmers Growing Sustainable Food for Their Local Communities

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Organic Alternative Vegetable Farmers

To enter a career in the armed forces, you're going to need a bushel of stamina, agility, and faith. Farming isn't too different - it's certainly not for the faint of heart, and it calls for a diverse skillset you won't often find in civilian jobs. Here are just some of our valued veteran Certified Naturally Grown farmers who have extended their public service after returning home from the military. This Veteran's Day, join us in expressing gratitude for the their work as they continue to protect our land, our waterways, and our health with their CNG crops.

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We’re Growing! Hello New CNG Staff

New Sustainable Certified Naturally Grown Employees


Just like many CNG farms, Certified Naturally Grown runs a tight ship to keep our grassroots certification program thriving. We’re proud to announce the addition of three new teammates. Following the departure of Hannah and Ariel, our staff has recently grown from four to a whopping five people! As the farm season starts to wind down, our busy season approaches. We look forward to connecting with you during the winter months!

Read on to meet the new faces joining Alice and Aly at CNG:

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