The People and History of CNG


In celebration of our 15th year of serving farmers, we're proud to share the story of CNG, and what some of our members and staff have accomplished over the years. We have a new website, and new bumper stickers and handbooks, but we're still guided by the same principles that first brought farmers together in 2002. Here's a look at how we've grown over the years. 

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Spring Newsletter


The Harvest Quarterly will arrive once every few months. Enjoy it while it's fresh! To receive it via email, subscribe here

We have news about our new Handbook for Natural Beekeeping with updated apiary standards, a special gift for new Friends of CNG, a fresh crop of Local Coordinators, and a call for photos of farmers. Enjoy!


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Gifts for New Friends of CNG

Our work is powered by farmers, but it's greatly enhanced by Friends of CNG . Will you join us as a friend this summer? 
During June and July we are sending all new Friends a special gift, and dedicating all Friends' contributions toward replenishing our Scholarship Fund. Here's the skinny:

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CNG's Scholarship Fund Helps Farms Like Health By Plants


In 2016, Health By Plants in Pine River, WI, applied to become Certified Naturally Grown but, like many farmers just starting out, farmers David and Allison were unable to cover the full certification dues. They both worked full time jobs in addition to running a farm, and did not expect to turn a profit until the summer of 2017. Until then, they planned to run crop trials, grow food for their friends and family, research the market landscape and test out a trial run of their first CSA season.

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Handbook for Natural Beekeeping, 3rd Edition

HB CoverMany beekeepers turn to CNG's apiary certification standards for guidance on natural beekeeping. This spring we published the third edition of our Handbook for Natural Beekeeping, a handy booklet presenting these standards, including the latest updates. 

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5 Fun Facts about CNG's Membership



Here at CNG, we’re always cooking up new plans to make our certification more recognizable and valuable, and when we’re not doing that, we’re keeping track of our 700+ members. Here’s some fascinating tidbits about our current, talented group.

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New Member Gift Packet

HummingbirdWe are announcing a special offer for farmers who join CNG this spring. CNG certification will boost your farm's marketing, and link you to a national network of like-minded producers. And if you act soon, there's a nice packet of gifts for you valued at $40!

To be eligible for this New Member Gift Packet...

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Top Tips for a Terrific Inspection

Screen_Shot_2017-04-04_at_10.45.09_AM.pngPhoto from Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Ajo, Arizona, showing their inspection with Frank Martin of Crooked Sky Farms.

Peer reviews are a pillar of our certification programs. They help ensure CNG production standards are being met, while at the same time they strengthen local farming networks and create learning opportunities. 

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CNG Design Services, 1 Year Later

We’ve designed 20 banners since we began designing marketing materials for farmers last May. We’ve also designed 7 sets of business cards, 2 Every Door Direct postcards, and yard signs. It fits in with our belief that signage helps CNG farmers stand out at the market, making their certifications more valuable!


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Winter 2017 Newsletter


We had an action-packed winter at CNG, certifying 51 farms since September and renewing hundreds of longtime members. We are pleased to announce several new initiatives to strengthen our community of farmers, markets, and supporters. Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Click here to get the Harvest Quarterly delivered to your inbox.  


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