Growing Sustainable Garlic and Produce at Coyote Ridge Farm

Lindsay Howells

Lindsay Howells has been farming in Oregon City, Oregon since 2016, and demonstrates her care for the land through farming. She grows an astounding array of produce on just 1/3 acre--including a unique variety of garlic that her customers have completely fallen in love with. 

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Fall News from Your Grassroots Certification ūüߥ

Congratulations to These 50 Newly-Certified Farmers and Beekeepers

We are delighted to welcome these 50 farmers and beekeepers who have completed all the requirements for CNG certification since the end of June. They are listed below alphabetically by state and province.

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New Signs for CNG Garlic Growers

Sending big thanks to the Certified Naturally Grown garlic farmers who shared their input to help create these two new signs! 

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The Garlic Gods of Magic Valley and Why They Grow Certified Naturally Grown Garlic

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Hoe in hand, hand weeding the garlic. Goeffrey Yockey (right) and Jaykob Dolquist (left)

We wanted to learn a little more about what it's like to be a Certified Naturally Grown garlic farmer, so we spoke with Jana Yockey of Garlic Gods in the Magic Valley region Idaho, which became certified in June of 2020. With a farm name like that, we knew they'd have some insight to share!

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Organic Growers School's Online Learning

Certified Naturally Grown is pleased to be partnering with Organic Growers School on a multi-year project to offer courses on production methods for ecological farmers. We will have more information to share about that soon. Meanwhile...

We thought many in our community would be interested to learn about their upcoming 7th Annual Harvest Conference. It is being offered online for the first time this September 11 & 12, which makes it easier for all members of the CNG community to participate! Read on to learn more about this and other educational opportunities with Organic Growers School!

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Strong Microbials Helps CNG Grow

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Vera and Slava Strogolov are scientists and beekeepers who believe that microbes can change the world. They put their passion into practice through their business, Strong Microbials, the first company to create probiotics for honeybees. Welcome to our Business Allies community, Strong Microbials!

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Peer Inspections in a Pandemic

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Flashback to another time (Autumn, 2019): Two farmers inside a tunnel completing a peer inspection, without masks 

When we asked the Certified Naturally Grown membership how we could better support them during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the number one request was for flexibility with CNG's peer inspection requirement. People were concerned about the health risks posed by such a contagious virus. We wanted to help keep our members healthy, so we've granted flexibility with inspection deadlines as a stopgap solution.

But for the long run, it was important to investigate alternative, safe approaches to conducting peer inspections - ones that would protect the health and safety of our members. It seemed very unlikely the pandemic would just disappear in a few months. So we began to explore the option to conduct remote inspections via video call, where the farmer receiving the inspection gives a live virtual tour of their farm and fields questions from their peer inspector who is at another location.

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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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