Welcome New Board Members of CNG!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Certified Naturally Grown Organic Sustainable New Board
Welcome Leonard Githinji, Katie Gourley, Kim Karris, and Jasmine Nielsen!

We are thrilled to welcome four new board members to our grassroots group! They bring with them a true breadth of experience from different fields within the food system and all around the country. These new members hail from Virginia, Oregon, Georgia, and New York, and join the Certified Naturally Grown Board of Directors for a three-year term.

But before we introduce them, we'd like to offer deep thanks to our two outgoing board members: Jonathan Duffy, former board Chair, and Elizabeth Weller, former board Secretary, for their dedication and contributions over the past three and six (!) years, respectively. We look forward to staying connected with them both in their continuing roles as beekeeper (Jonathan) and farmer (Elizabeth). 

Thank you Jonathan Duffy and Elizabeth Weller!

Read on to meet the new folks joining our returning board members: Andrew Linker, board Chair and Ross Margulies. Welcome Leonard Githinji, Katie Gourley, Kim Karris, and Jasmine Nielsen!

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6 Benefits of Getting Listed on the CNG Website

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

One of the main reasons farmers join Certified Naturally Grown is to highlight a commitment to producing food for the local community without synthetic chemicals or GMOs.

And one of the main ways we help them do that is by giving each CNG producer a free profile on our website!

Once farmers get certified, they instantly gain a profile on our searchable map!

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Chelsea Green Publishing Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Sustainable Organic Agriculture Books

There's a very strong chance that you have at least one book from Chelsea Green Publishing on your shelf. There's an even better chance that that book or those books are dog-eared, underlined, collaged with sticky notes, and all but falling apart after years of reference and careful study.

The 100% employee-owned company has long produced essential books on ecological agriculture, publishing for both the practice and the politics of sustainability since its founding in 1984. From Eliot Coleman's classics to Leah Penniman's guide from her Certified Naturally Grown farm, Chelsea Green has made a big impact on CNG farmers and the public alike.

This publisher's books are deeply practical, and always put forth with the goal of cultural change.

We are truly thrilled to welcome this pioneering company to the CNG Business Ally community.

To learn more about the rich history and mission of this Vermont-based organization, you won't want to miss our interview with Marketing Director Sean Maher!

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9 Farms That Included a Community Observer in their CNG Inspection

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Certified Naturally Grown Organic Community Certification
Kevin Prather of SCG Market Garden inspects Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, MO

We are thrilled to announce the first nine CNG inspections conducted with Community Observers!

Community Observers are those who participate in the CNG certification process by witnessing a farm's annual inspection. Just about anyone can serve as a Community Observer! From farmers market managers to school crossing guards, postmasters to pitmasters: if they want to have a healthier and more resilient local food system, they're a good candidate.

Community Observers all over the country are starting to join the CNG movement, connecting on a deeper level to their local food system and those who help it thrive.

Farmers are benefiting by developing stronger ties with local community members, while some gain flexibility around our "No repeat inspectors" rule.

Read on to hear from the pioneering cohort of growers welcoming Community Observers to their Certified Naturally Grown farms!

Want to get involved? Click the green button to register your interest.
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How Exceptional Markets Can Get Even Better

Crescent City Farmers Market

This fall we're calling on farmers markets and grocers to Level Up and get a higher ranking in our three-tier Guide to Exceptional Markets (GEMs).

Tier 1 market managers are encouraged to raise the bar for growing practices at your market and take steps to prefer vendors who hold a certification. You'll boost customer confidence when you encourage vendors to get certified and verify their claims about production practices.

Your market will get a boost too, by receiving a visibly higher ranking in our Guide to Exceptional Markets and all the standard perks awarded to Tier 2 markets:

  • free banner design,
  • free press release,
  • free temporary tattoos of the Exceptional Market badge, and
  • priority assistance involving your community stakeholders in CNG farm inspections as Observers.

Take the first step to level up and register here today

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Barn2Door Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Organic Certified Naturally Grown Farmers Market
The full Farm2Door team

You've got to love a Business Ally that uses the words "farm" and "farmers" as proper nouns.

Barn2Door provides farmers with the marketing tools they need to succeed in today's online world. By creating e-commerce and mobile apps that prioritize farmers' unique needs, local chefs and consumers have increased access to food grown right in their communities.

We are so pleased to welcome this hardworking team into the CNG Business Ally community! Read on to see why see why farms become Farms in Barn2Door's book.

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The Future of CNG Renewal is Here! With An Exclusive Reward, To Boot

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

We're announcing two new options based on feedback from our members. Some farmers and beekeepers have reported that they'd prefer to pay CNG dues during the growing season when there's more cash flow - not in February. And others suggested we streamline the annual requirement that members submit a signed Declaration.

We heard your requests, and we're taking action. First, we are offering a Fall Renewal option. Plus, the Declaration you sign annually can now be completed online. 

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Hot Off The Press: Our Latest Newsletter About Certified Naturally Grown Farmers

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

CNG Alternative Organic Certification Newsletter 2

We're so proud to announce that we just sent out the third edition of our print newsletter, Growing Above and Beyond. We feel this issue is our best yet! It's chock-full of inspirational stories about the ecologically-focused farmers all around the country making a difference in their communities. 

We're trying to make 20 new friends by October 20. Can you pitch in? When you do, you'll receive a crisp copy of this issue ASAP!
Read on for a sneak peek of the articles...

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Georgia Sea Grill Helps Certified Naturally Grown Grow!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator

Organic Certified Naturally Grown DinnerSeared cobia over indigo grits topped with lady pea salad finished with red pepper coulis at Georgia Sea Grill

We're proud to welcome Georgia Sea Grill as Certified Naturally Grown's very first restaurant Business Ally!

The establishment has been a pillar of Saint Simons Island since 1997, and in recent years the restaurant has honed in on sourcing ingredients as locally as possible. In fact, they even own a farm that has been Certified Naturally Grown since March of this year! Their Potlikker Farm on Blythe Island grows Southern staples like North Georgia Candy Roaster Squash, red peas, and peaches as well as tropical crops like bitter melon, dragonfruit, and turmeric.

Farmer Samuel McPherson, Chef Timothy Lensch, and owner Zack Gowen at Potlikker Farm

We are thrilled to welcome them into the CNG Business Ally community, and wish we could take a field trip to Saint Simons to savor some stunningly-plated CNG ingredients!

Read on to learn more about Georgia Sea Grille from owner Zack Gowen to explore the restaurant's history and mission.

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Late Summer News from Your Grassroots Certification: 64 New CNG Farms & More!

By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator
Certified Naturally Grown

We're holding onto the last days of summer here at Certified Naturally Grown, and celebrating 64 newly certified farmers and beekeepers joining the CNG community this growing season! Check the list below to see if a farmer you know is among them. Plus, we have a new opportunity to get involved with the CNG inspection process.

Organic Arugula

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