Highlight Hard Work - Use #CNGgrit

CNG has a new initiative that aims to capture the grit, determination, and hard work that’s required to succeed at farming. Enough with the pretty landscapes, we want images that depict the real life of a farmer on a daily basis. We'll feature these images on social media with the tag #CNGgrit. Please do the same!

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Fall 2016 Newsletter


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We had a busy summer at CNG,  certifying 112 farms since April. We are pleased to welcome a new Member Services coordinator, Lindsey Jo, and to put new marketing initiatives to the test! Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Click here to get the Harvest Quarterly delivered to your inbox. 

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Q&A with Aly Miller, Our Marketing and Design Specialist

aly_bikes.pngIf you've called the CNG office in the past couple years, chances are you've talked with Aly Miller. Her efficiency, creativity, and unflagging positivity has been a huge asset to our organization. This spring we promoted her to a new position that takes greater advantage of her writing and creative talents. Read on to find out what keeps Aly going at CNG, and what she's doing with all the fresh CNG produce in her CSA basket!

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6 Reasons Why Fungi are the Coolest

Did you hear the news? Certified Naturally Grown just launched a new mushroom certification program! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up our top 6 favorite fungi facts: 

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Press Release Service for CNG Farmers Launched

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Q&A with our New Member Services Coordinator, Lindsey Jo Smith

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Meet Lindsey Jo Smith, our newest member of the Certified Naturally Grown staff. Born and raised in South Texas, she comes to us with a huge interest in local food and sustainable farming. Here's an interview between our marketing specialist, Aly Miller, and Lindsey Jo. 

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

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We had a busting spring at CNG, including certifying a record-breaking 120 farms in 4 months. We're also pleased to launch two new certifications! Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Click here to get our quarterly updates. 

We hope your season is off to a great start,

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Alice Varon, Executive Director and Aly Miller, Member Services Coordinator

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CNG Launches Graphic Design Services

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Strager Creek Heritage Farm at the Merriam Farmer's Market in Merriam, KS

For years, CNG farmers have been asking us, "Do you make banners?" We can tell that it's hard for farmers to find the time to design a banner, and the resources to hire a professional! Finally, last fall we were able to deliver. 

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CNG's Comments to FDA re: "Natural" on Food

Thanks to everyone who responded to our calls to submit comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of "natural" on food products. (Find background information here on this earlier blog post.) This is a hot topic about which FDA received more than 4,000 comments.

Certified Naturally Grown also weighed in. We are pleased to share with you the comments we submitted to FDA. (Want to be notified of other ag policy issue concerning CNG? You may subscribe here to receive periodic updates from us.)

Read below our comments to FDA! 

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Mushroom Standards Adopted

mushrooms.pngFor the past fourteen months CNG staff have worked in consultation with our Mushroom Advisory Council to develop certification standards for a new program for mushroom producers. These standards were posted for public review last year, then further refined, and at last, adopted and published in April. View them on our Mushroom page, where you can also register for updates.

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