CNG producers must meet these core program requirements annually to maintain their certification.
Producers are authorized to use the CNG name and logo and receive our marketing materials only after their application is accepted and the three core requirements are completed.
We recommend $200 or more per year, but members have the option to pay less. We offer several payment plans to make it easier to pay the recommended $200 over time in smaller amounts. Farmers who wish to pay less than $150 should apply for a waiver, which would grant them support from the Grassroots Fund. Waivers are intended for beginning farmers and those facing unusual hardship.
An exception is granted for beekeepers, who must pay some amount, but to accommodate hobbyists, we don't require a waiver for lower amounts.
Pay dues in our CNG store or by check. Dues must be paid within one month after your application is accepted, and annually thereafter, by the end of February.
Your signature on the Declaration indicates you understand and accept the terms of participating in the CNG program. Your signed Declaration will be posted on your online profile. It is due within one month of your application being accepted. With livestock certification a Livestock Feed Form is also required.
All farms must arrange an on-site Inspection to take place within two growing season months of the date when their application is accepted, and then annually. Inspections are done by other CNG farmers. For full details, review the Inspection Forms and Guidelines.
The Peer-Review: CNG's "Work" Requirement
CNG is powered by the active participation of our members. All certified producers are required to conduct a peer review annually. This is an aspect of CNG that many farmers most appreciate. The work requirement is waived if there is not another CNG producer within an hour's drive who needs an inspection. It is prohibited to "trade" inspections with the person who inspected your farm or apiary.
For a visual representation of the certification process, check out our Certification Flow Chart.
This is something that you should do in your own way. The observations you record today will help you plan tomorrow. We simply ask that you maintain records of the following items in one convenient folder for your inspector to quickly and easily access. Copies should not be sent to us.
- Receipts and orders of the following: seed and transplant orders; any purchased soil amendment items (off farm compost, rock powders, pre-mixed Organic Fertilizers, etc.); and any purchased botanical and biological pesticides (Bt, Sulfur, insecticidal soap, etc.)
- An updated copy of your application. This was emailed to you when it was accepted by us, or updated by you. It can also be printed from your online profile.
- Farmers that use chelated micronutrients to correct a soil deficiency must have soil tests from within the past twelve months that specifically note the deficiency.
- Producers with Mushroom or Aquaponic certification will have additional record keeping requirements, which are defined in the standards for those programs.
That's it! Now you can get back to the REAL work of running your farm!