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We have news about our new Handbook for Natural Beekeeping with updated apiary standards, a special gift for new Friends of CNG, a fresh crop of Local Coordinators, and a call for photos of farmers. Enjoy!
Our work is powered by farmers, but it's greatly enhanced by Friends of CNG . Will you join us as a friend this summer?
During June and July we are sending all new Friends a special gift, and dedicating all Friends' contributions toward replenishing our Scholarship Fund. Here's the skinny:
In 2016, Health By Plants in Pine River, WI, applied to become Certified Naturally Grown but, like many farmers just starting out, farmers David and Allison were unable to cover the full certification dues. They both worked full time jobs in addition to running a farm, and did not expect to turn a profit until the summer of 2017. Until then, they planned to run crop trials, grow food for their friends and family, research the market landscape and test out a trial run of their first CSA season.Read more
Many beekeepers turn to CNG's apiary certification standards for guidance on natural beekeeping. This spring we published the third edition of our Handbook for Natural Beekeeping, a handy booklet presenting these standards, including the latest updates.Read more
We are announcing a special offer for farmers who join CNG this spring. CNG certification will boost your farm's marketing, and link you to a national network of like-minded producers. And if you act soon, there's a nice packet of gifts for you valued at $40!
To be eligible for this New Member Gift Packet...Read more
Photo from Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Ajo, Arizona, showing their inspection with Frank Martin of Crooked Sky Farms.
Peer reviews are a pillar of our certification programs. They help ensure CNG production standards are being met, while at the same time they strengthen local farming networks and create learning opportunities.Read more
We’ve designed 20 banners since we began designing marketing materials for farmers last May. We’ve also designed 7 sets of business cards, 2 Every Door Direct postcards, and yard signs. It fits in with our belief that signage helps CNG farmers stand out at the market, making their certifications more valuable!
We had an action-packed winter at CNG, certifying 51 farms since September and renewing hundreds of longtime members. We are pleased to announce several new initiatives to strengthen our community of farmers, markets, and supporters. Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Click here to get the Harvest Quarterly delivered to your inbox.