Worst Farm Bill Ever - Help Defeat It

Worst Farm Bill Ever

We’ve got a big problem in Washington: one that could harm farmers and communities around the country. 

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Q&A with Ariel Looser, Membership Services Coordinator

Ariel at Local Roots CSA

Last November we welcomed Ariel Looser on board as our Membership Services Coordinator. It's about time that we introduce her! During her six months with CNG, she's been welcoming new members, sending out certificates and orders, keeping up with our busy renewal season, and ensuring that the 750+ farmers and beekeepers have up-to-date certifications. We finally took a moment to interview Ariel about her interests in food and farming, and the many factors that brought her to CNG.

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Twist Ties: An Easy Way to Add Value to Your Veggies

Twist Ties for Vegetables

Twist ties are an easy marketing tool for farmers--and they're as stylish as they are practical! Our ties feature the fun hand-drawn CNGfarming.org and the CNG logo, which compliment your beautiful produce while drawing attention to your growing practices. They're sturdy, colorful, and water resistant. 

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Thank You for Helping Us Grow our Membership!

We dedicate this blog post to all of the CNG farmers and supporters who helped grow our membership this year. 21 CNG farmers and beekeepers referred new producers to apply, and 16 organizations of the sustainable food movement spread the word among their networks. In just 3 months, our recent membership campaign resulted in 200 new applications, and 118 new members so far. This is the most applications we've ever received in one season.

Together, we're stronger!

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More Farmers than Ever Applied to CNG this Spring

Just before midnight on April 15, we received our 200th application of 2018, meeting our campaign goal within minutes of the deadline! 

We'd like to say a big thanks to everyone in our community who recommended CNG to farmers and beekeepers in their networks. It clearly made a difference, as we saw an increase of 33% over the 151 applications we had received by April 15 in 2017. 

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4 Affordable Design Services for Farmers

Stranger Creek CNG Banner

Looking for ways to stand out at the farmer's market this season? Put us to work! We can design a variety of marketing materials that fit in with your current marketing scheme, or provide a foundation for your farm's new "look". 

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5 Key Benefits of Joining Certified Naturally Grown

Little Wild Things Farm is Certified Naturally Grown

Busy farmers and beekeepers know that maintaining a certification on top of everything else that comes up on a farm can be a challenge. That's why Certified Naturally Grown offers real, tangible benefits to local food producers that go beyond the certificate. (photo above from Little Wild Things City Farm in Washington, DC)

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How to Build a Farmspread Profile

Farmspread and CNG

Farmers and artisanal food producers can dramatically boost their online visibility by creating a free profile at Farmspread. This new online tool offers a robust farmers market management platform that also enables producers to thrive at famers markets and other direct-sales channels. With Farmspread’s advanced SEO - that's the fancy technical stuff that gets you noticed in online searches - vendors can be easily found by markets and consumers searching for foods grown within a particular locality or region. 

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5 Signs You Might Benefit from Joining Certified Naturally Grown

  1. Telling dozens of customers at the farmers market that you’re “chemical free", "committed to ecological practices", and "just as great as organic” leaves you with a hoarse voice at the end of the day. (photo from Big Lick Farm in Winston, Oregon)

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Montgomery County, MD Uses CNG Standards to Recognize Sustainable Farms

Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm CNGLast week, community leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland expanded their Green Business Directory to include Certified Naturally Grown and USDA organic farms. The most populated county in Maryland, and one that borders Washington, DC, Montgomery County makes it easy for residents to discover a variety of ecologically-minded services, restaurants, nonprofits, and now, farms and gardens. 

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