Winter News from Your Grassroots Certification: 39 New CNG Farms & More

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Even winter is an abundant time at Certified Naturally Grown: we're celebrating 39 newly certified farmers and beekeepers! Check the list below to see if a farmer you know is among them. Plus, we have brand new Business Allies and a blog bursting with fresh news.

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7 Tips for Farming in the Winter

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Sustainable Winter Agriculture Farm
A winter scene at Enon Valley Garlic, PA

Ah, winter. For many, it's a dreaded time of numb noses, grey skies, and sun lamps.

But for most Certified Naturally Grown farmers who grow primarily in the months of April to November, December through March is a rich time to recharge. The winter months are a respite from the chaos of market season, a rest for weary backs and hamstrings, and a reward for the summertime sunrise-to-sunset (and sometimes longer) workdays.

Read on to learn how we recommend you recharge in this slower season. #1 is guaranteed to make you giggle!

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Co-ops, Markets, and Farmers Markets That Build Local Food Systems

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Sustainable Local Food Farmers Markets Grocery Stores Co-ops for Alternative Organic Certified Farmers
Just like the symbiotic relationship between pollinators and produce, Certified Naturally Grown farmers rely on their local farmers markets, co-ops, and independent grocery stores to support their work.

Our Guide to Exceptional Markets (GEMs) has been a key resource for farmers and markets alike to thrive. Members of this list source from ecologically-minded, CNG-certified growers to make it easier to keep money in the local economy to promote a stronger food system and healthier community.

We have some exciting additions, clarifications, and beautiful badges to make 2019 the most sparkling year for sustainable, local food yet! Keep reading to learn more about what's new and how to get involved.

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Ohio Earth Food Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Family Organic Alternative Fertilizer Company

Ohio Earth Food provides organic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and more for ecologically-minded growers. We spoke with Ted Stutz, Owner of Ohio Earth Food, to learn more about this great resource for CNG growers. Ohio and Wisconsin farmers, listen up! Ohio Earth Food offers assistance with soil testing, and can also deliver products to your farm!

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Seven Springs Organic Farming Supplies Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Organic Alternative Seven Springs Supports Certified Naturally Grown

From animal feed to zinc oxide, Seven Springs Organic Farming Supplies has everything you need to prepare for a successful growing season.

The Virginia-based CSA farm and supply source caters to ecological operations of all sizes, and has long been an enthusiastic champion of our certification! We spoke with Crop Adviser Daniel Sweeney about how his work with Seven Springs Organic Farming Supplies supports our network of Certified Naturally Grown farmers. Thanks to the Seven Springs team for taking this all-staff photo exclusively for this blog post!

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Harris Seeds Organic Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Harris Seeds Organic Helps Alternative Certification

It may be January, but June is never far from Certified Naturally Grown farmers' minds! Seed catalogs arrive in mailboxes this time of the year with an anticipated thud, each glossy booklet brimming with jewel-toned possibilities for the growing season ahead.

Harris Seeds Organic's catalog doesn't disappoint (just look at that constellation!), and we're proud to announce that they were among some of the first companies to sign on as a Business Ally of Certified Naturally Grown!

In this month of seed dreaming and crop plan scheming, we interviewed Brand Manager Daniel Eggert about how his work with Harris Seeds Organic supports the nationwide community of CNG growers.

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Grassroots Representation at 2019 Conferences

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Alternative Grassroots Certified Naturally Grown Organic Supporters
Farmers from Raindrop Ridge, Five Apple Farm Honey, and Spruill Farm Conservation Project with CNG's Alice Varon at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Conference

We can't wait to see you at a number of conferences throughout the US in the next few months!

...and by "we," we mean the CNG community at large.

That's right, local Certified Naturally Grown Ambassadors will be representing our grassroots group at these excellent events. 

We are delighted to be able to tap CNG farmers to enthusiastically stand for our certification at local (but large!) events. This means we can be more efficient as an organization, minimizing travel costs and allowing local folks to dig deeper into their communities to help CNG grow.

Keep reading to learn the whos, whats, wheres, and whens of the 2019 conference season!

Plus: Are you looking to connect with our ambassadors or attend a CNG meetup during the conference? Sign up at the tail end of this post!

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Local Farms: Going Strong in 2019!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Grateful Sustainable Alternative Organic Farmers

WE DID IT!

Thanks to our generous community, we SURPASSED our 2018 fundraising goal of $3,000 for our Grassroots Fund!

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Certified Naturally Grown Christmas Trees: Q&A With Farmer Chris Delaney

By Aly Miller, Design and Marketing

Certified Naturally Grown Christmas Trees

In the lush wilderness of British Columbia sits Santa Rosa Ranch, a Certified Naturally Grown Christmas tree farm, where trees are grown in harmony with nature without use of synthetic chemicals or pesticides. These beautiful fir trees are not only healthy for the soil, water and wildlife, but also safe for people and their homes.

Farmer Christopher Delaney at Santa Rosa Ranch in Barrière, British Columbia, is the only majority-Christmas tree grower in the Certified Naturally Grown community, and this year marks his first harvest.

Just in time for the holidays, we interviewed Delaney about what it’s like to grow Christmas trees and bring them to market for the first time.

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5 CNG Farms with Thoughtful Holiday Gifts

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Sustainable Alternative Organic Certified Christmas Wreath Decoration

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...have you made your list, and checked it twice?

Whether you're looking for the perfect something for your mom or your employer, your mail carrier or your daughter, Kwanzaa or Christmas, Certified Naturally Grown farmers and beekeepers have the perfect gifts for your community! Plus, when you buy a present directly from our family of grassroots growers, your gift supports growers who say "no!" to GMOs and synthetic chemicals. 

With all the gifting (and re-gifting) that happens this time of year, why not give a gift that creates a more eco-friendly world?

Keep reading for our guide to farm-friendly treats. Don't worry, we won't tell if you buy one of everything for yourself, too!

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