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

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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).

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

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 5th.

 


FilmOrganic Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow

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Farmers win when new technologies lighten their work load while improving crops and soils at the same time. So we're happy to introduce FilmOrganic, offering a full line of biodegradable mulch films for producers looking to boost yields, reduce their environmental footprint, and improve efficiency. 

We spoke with co-founder Roger Tambay to learn how the company was founded on a commitment to farmers' success and ecological sustainability. Welcome to the CNG Business Allies community, FiilmOrganic!

 

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Reedy Fork Organic Farm & Feed Mill Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

 

We know good organic feed can be hard to find. If you're in the south, particularly North Carolina, Reedy Fork Farm has you covered. They're not only a grain mill, but raise their own livestock as well, so they know the business. 

We spoke with Melissa Blanchard to learn more of the rich history of this local institution, and how it's evolved into a premier organic grain supplier. Welcome to the CNG Business Allies community, Reedy Fork Farm!

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How 4G Soil Restoration Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

4G_Garden.pngThis garden thrived during a season of drought with a boost from 4G Soil Solutions

4G Soil Restoration is a Business Ally of Certified Naturally Grown with an unlikely history. Their chief product is a soil amendment that improves microbial activity, which in turn boosts crop resilience, quality, and abundance.

We spoke with one of the company's representatives, Tom Wafford, to get the inside story on how the evolution of their product arose from a seemingly unrelated industry.  

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Sign-On to Support Agriculture's Climate Solutions

We are working to bring together farmer and rancher voices on climate issues. As federal leaders discuss how to address greater weather extremes, agriculture needs to be part of the conversation. We urge you to join farmers from around the country as we call on members of Congress and USDA leaders support farmers and ranchers in addressing a changing climate.

"We the undersigned farmers and ranchers, write to express our deep concerns about climate change impacts on agriculture in the United States and to call for solutions that invest in our rural and agricultural communities."

Please take a moment to sign on here

Certified Naturally Grown is a proud member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), which will use this letter in meetings with members of Congress, USDA program leaders, and other key decision-makers to urge effective policy action to combat climate change, and especially to help farmers and ranchers weather the storm and lead the way towards a more sustainable future.

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Easy Digging Garden Tools Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

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Farming doesn't have to break your back, especially with the wonderful world of tools available in 2020.

Easy Digging Garden Tools offers a vast array of tough-working tools to help you get the job done, while supporting your health the whole way through. They are also a Business Ally of Certified Naturally Grown!

The company was created to sell unique garden, farm, and digging tools from around the world. They specialize in garden hoes, including the grub hoe, grape hoe, and fork hoe. Easy Digging also offers seeders, planters, shovels, spades, trenching tools, broadforks, and more.
Founder Greg Baka is a long-time gardener who also happens to be an engineer, which means that quality, usefulness, ergonomics, and design are important tenets of his work.

We interviewed Greg to learn more about his philosophies for tools, and how he supports direct-market farmers every day. Welcome to the CNG Business Allies community, Easy Digging Garden Tools!

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