The 2018 Farm Bill is moving into conference – a time when the House and Senate attempt to reconcile the differences in each of their drafts to pass a final, unified bill. When it comes to growing our nation’s local and regional food economies, the Senate version of the Farm Bill comes out as the clear winner. The Senate’s bill lights the way forward for a brighter food and farm future by including a $60-million-per-year investment in local food systems through the innovative Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). We need to ensure LAMP makes it into the final Farm Bill.
An eye-catching display at the farmer's market requires more than beautiful produce and goods, but also effective signage, spatial creativity and artistry. How do you stand out, draw people in, and bring them back week after week? To answer these questions, we draw inspiration from savvy Certified Naturally Grown farmers and producers who are doing just that. It's impossible to highlight every incredible CNG farm stand in one post, so stay tuned for more!Read more
As a farmer with dozens of varieties of unique, colorful vegetables at the market every week, you're probably asked for cooking advice all the time. If it's too busy at your market to fully answer these questions, you might want to consider including recipes on your website or in your email newsletters! Here are four examples of CNG farmers are doing just that--let their work inspire you!Read more
Certified Naturally Grown flower farmers fill an important void at the market, raising their blooms locally, and guided by environmental and social health. As Americans become more aware of the unsustainable and unfair labor conditions behind floral imports, producers like the ones below exemplify what sustainable and healthy flower farming looks like. Get to know them here!Read more
It's a common misconception that CNG members must only rely on another CNG producer to complete their annual peer-review. While we'd love to have so many participants that there's always a CNG-er within an hour's drive, for many, the nearest CNG farm is a couple hours away or more. This post reports on the full variety of inspector-options available to members.Read more
Peer inspections are at the heart of our grassroots certification program. Farmers who participate know what they're like, but the general public - and your customers - may wonder: what does a peer inspection actually look like? And how is it helpful for your farm and business? We'd like to fill in that picture - and that's where you come in!Read more
Certified Naturally Grown's peer inspections are about much more than verifying a member's practices meet CNG standards.
Our peer-review model also:
- promotes knowledge exchange between like-minded producers,
- fosters valuable relationships, and
- provides peer-to-peer technical assistance, all of which
- helps farms succeed.
This summer we want to enhance these benefits and streamline the inspection process.Read more
The best farmer's markets are the ones that celebrate local, sustainable farmers and makers. They go the extra mile to make their local food systems more transparent and accessible. The nine markets listed below are committed to sustainable practices by preferring to work with, and in some cases even requiring their producers to become Certified Naturally Grown or organic.
Learn more about markets across the country that recognize CNG in our Guide to Exceptional Markets (GEMs).Read more