Farm Brigge Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

Farm Brigge connects farmers, eaters, farm workers and farmer's markets through an online platform full of educational resources and communication and marketing tools. Right now, there are thousands of farmers, farmer markets, eaters and more than 500 farmer's markets participating in this thriving online community. We recently had a chance to interview co-founder Troy Rice about the story behind Farm Brigge and its many angles. Thank you for joining our Business Allies program, Farm Brigge!

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True Leaf Market Seed Company Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

True Leaf Market provides high quality non-GMO seeds to residential and professional growers alike. They have become the go-to company for many micro-greens producers, and even provide online growing information, like this article about when to start your garden

We spoke with True Leaf co-founder Parker Garlitz to learn more about the company and their wide variety of seeds, including for flowers, vegetables, grasses, herbs, sprouts, and wildflowers. Welcome to the CNG Business Allies community, True Leaf Market!
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New Signs for CNG Beekeepers


CNG Beekeeper SignsWith the input of CNG beekeepers, we created two new market safety signs, and one Proud to Be sign!

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Late SpringNews from Your Grassroots Certification: Featuring Black farmers of CNG & Our 84 Newly-Certified Members

Special Focus This Quarter: Black Farmers of CNG

The current moment has us looking closely at what role Certified Naturally Grown can play to help overcome racial inequity, particularly within our farming and food systems. Our inquiry is in the early stages, but in the spirit of elevating Black voices, this Harvest Quarterly is dedicated to featuring some of the Black CNG farmers we are proud to have in our community, plus the usual task of welcoming our latest crop of newly-certified members. The other content we had originally intended to share here can wait, and will be included in our next monthly update, in our Naturally Grown News. (Sign up here to get our updates delivered to your inbox.)

A Whopping 84 Newly-Certified Farmers and Beekeepers

Not everyone who applies to CNG qualifies to complete the certification process. So we are delighted to welcome and congratulate the 84 producers who achieved this distinction since the end of February, including bumper crops from Georgia and Virginia, with 14 and 8 new members from each respectively. Read more to see all of our newly-certified producers listed below alphabetically by state and province. 

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Six Generations of Growing Food at Bugg Farm

Bugg Farm

Father and son work side-by-side on hard-won land that’s been in the family since 1874

The roots run deep at Bugg Farm, where Addis Bugg Junior is the sixth generation on his family farm in the western Georgia hamlet of Pine Mountain. His great great great grandfather T.J. was brought to the land as a slave, and worked hard to purchase 1,000 acres after emancipation. The Buggs have continued to grow vegetables and raise cattle on the same land since 1874. 

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Debra Lockard's Third Generation Family Farm

At Lockard's Produce, Debra Lockard farms the same land that her parents and grandparents took care of. Today, Debra feeds the community in many ways--mentoring young farmers, teaching young growers, and of course, growing nutrient-dense food.

Debra Lockard

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Olaniyi Balogun Transplanted his Passion for Farming from Nigeria to Maryland

You can see the hard work and pride that goes into Dodo Farms just by looking at their farmstand at the Crossroads Farmers Market in Takoma Park, Maryland. There you'll see Olaniyi Balogun brimming with passion for farming, a pursuit he brought with him from Nigeria in 2016. Read below to learn more about his farming journey.

Olaniyi Balogun

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Celebrating Belizean Roots at Nisani Farm

Nisani Farm celebrates the legacy of Belizean women farmers, a history that Ann Codrington continues on her farm in central Virginia. The name of her farm embodies that history -- "nisani" means "our daughter" in the Garifuna language of Belize. Ann and her family grow fresh vegetables year-round, in unheated high tunnels that help them produce less common crops like ginger and turmeric. Ann joined the CNG community in 2017, and she recently shared her story with us--read our interview with her below! 

Ann Codrington of Nisani Farms

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New Safety Signs for the Farmers' Market

Keeping safe at the market calls for new practices, and new signs. So we made a few!

These signs cost only $1 each. 

CNG producers may order these signs in the CNG store. Note that (as always) you'll need to be logged in to your certification account to see marketing items like these, since they are only available to Certified Naturally Grown producers, not the general public.

The idea for this helpful new CNG perk came from one of CNG's newest members: Sarah Turkus of Flower Hill at Osamequin Farm, CNG since April 2020. Thank you Sarah!

If your farm isn't yet Certified Naturally Grown, we encourage you to consider joining CNG today. Together we're stronger!

Accepting Applications for Farmer Teachers


Certified Naturally Grown is currently developing online instructional materials and video lessons in partnership with Organic Growers School on Soil Health, Pest & Disease Management, and Weed Management. We seek experienced farmers with a robust understanding of vegetable production practices that work in alignment with ecological principles. Two to five selected farmers will be filmed by a small crew on their farms as they provide instruction on farming practices that relate to the curriculum topic(s).

View_Full_Job_Description___Apply.pngPlease share this post with farmers you know in the United States. We strongly encourage applications from groups that have historically been underrepresented, including but not limited to people of color and women.

This is a paid, temporary, contract position to be carried out this summer.

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 5th.