Last November we welcomed Ariel Looser on board as our Membership Services Coordinator. It's about time that we introduce her! During her six months with CNG, she's been welcoming new members, sending out certificates and orders, keeping up with our busy renewal season, and ensuring that the 750+ farmers and beekeepers have up-to-date certifications. We finally took a moment to interview Ariel about her interests in food and farming, and the many factors that brought her to CNG.Read more
Twist ties are an easy marketing tool for farmers--and they're as stylish as they are practical! Our ties feature the fun hand-drawn CNGfarming.org and the CNG logo, which compliment your beautiful produce while drawing attention to your growing practices. They're sturdy, colorful, and water resistant.Read more
We dedicate this blog post to all of the CNG farmers and supporters who helped grow our membership this year. 21 CNG farmers and beekeepers referred new producers to apply, and 16 organizations of the sustainable food movement spread the word among their networks. In just 3 months, our recent membership campaign resulted in 200 new applications, and 118 new members so far. This is the most applications we've ever received in one season.
Together, we're stronger!Read more
Just before midnight on April 15, we received our 200th application of 2018, meeting our campaign goal within minutes of the deadline!
We'd like to say a big thanks to everyone in our community who recommended CNG to farmers and beekeepers in their networks. It clearly made a difference, as we saw an increase of 33% over the 151 applications we had received by April 15 in 2017.Read more
Busy farmers and beekeepers know that maintaining a certification on top of everything else that comes up on a farm can be a challenge. That's why Certified Naturally Grown offers real, tangible benefits to local food producers that go beyond the certificate. (photo above from Little Wild Things City Farm in Washington, DC)Read more
Farmers and artisanal food producers can dramatically boost their online visibility by creating a free profile at Farmspread. This new online tool offers a robust farmers market management platform that also enables producers to thrive at famers markets and other direct-sales channels. With Farmspread’s advanced SEO - that's the fancy technical stuff that gets you noticed in online searches - vendors can be easily found by markets and consumers searching for foods grown within a particular locality or region.Read more
Last week, community leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland expanded their Green Business Directory to include Certified Naturally Grown and USDA organic farms. The most populated county in Maryland, and one that borders Washington, DC, Montgomery County makes it easy for residents to discover a variety of ecologically-minded services, restaurants, nonprofits, and now, farms and gardens.Read more