Spring Newsletter

Posted on June 14, 2017


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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!





Handbook for Beekeeping, 3rd Edition

Many beekeepers turn to CNG's apiary certification standards for guidance on natural beekeeping. This spring we published the Handbook for Natural Beekeeping, 3rd Edition, a handy booklet presenting these standards, including the latest updates.

The updated standards include new guidelines for treatment of Varroa Mites. In particular, they allow a beekeeper to treat the entire apiary without determining that each individual colony within the apiary has surpassed the treatment threshold. 

CNG standards require that beekeepers keep the treatments to the minimum number required to be effective, using only allowed treatments. We recommend the use of vaporized oxalic acid when little to no brood is present.

Find details on these and other updates to CNG Apiary Standards on this page. You may order copies of the handbook in the CNG Store.


Grow_Different.pngSpecial Gift For Friends of CNG

Our work is powered by farmers, and greatly enhanced by Friends of CNG. We're offering a special gift for Friends of CNG who help us replenish CNG's Scholarship Fund with a contribution of any amount. 

Become a Friend with a one-time contribution and we'll send you our new "Grow Different" bumper sticker. Or sign up for a recurring monthly contribution and we'll send you four gifts: an embroidered patch, plus our three stickers - Eat Real Food, Who's Your Farmer? and Grow Different. 

Please be a Friend of CNG and help us include more farmers in our programs.

All Friends' contributions in June and July will go toward our Scholarship Fund, which helps cover certification costs for beginning farmers and those facing unusual hardships (as extreme weather, crop loss, or high medical expenses). Nearly 100 farmers have received Scholarships since 2012! 


Majors.jpgNew Banners & Logos for Farmers

Last year, in response to our members’ need for affordable, high-quality graphic design services, we began offering farm-specific and CNG-branded artwork at a farmer-friendly rate of $30. To the left is an example of a banner that Aly designed for Majors Country Farm.

If you have a design need, our in-house designer and marketing coordinator can help you out! Whether it's a banner, a brochure, jar label, or a business card, Aly has the chops to make you shine at the market. 

To get started, just send her a note at [email protected]

Local Coordinators Take on Their New RoleInspectors.png

Last year we announced a new way to participate in CNG: being a Local Coordinator. We are pleased to announce our first crop have been trained and have begun their work facilitating CNG's peer-inspection process. Please join us in thanking these Local Coordinators!

Indiana: Mike McCoy, Fox Trail Farm (northern)
North Carolina: Ben McCann, Goldfinch Gardens (west/northwest)
New York: Adina Bialas, J&A Farm (lower Hudson Valley)
Michigan: Dick Divelbiss, R & B Farm (southwest, thumb); John Ward, Ward Vegetables (Big Rapids & Grand Rapids areas)
Georgia: Laurie Ritchie, J and L Farm & Stables (Augusta area); Ann Seigies, Bramberi Farm and Gardens (northeast)
Colorado: Kate Darlington
Ohio: Lee and Jennifer Ruff, End of the Road Farm

We continue to receive applications for Local Coordinators in these and other states. Interested? Let us know here. Thanks!

Congratulations to Our Newly Certified Members:

We are delighted to recognize the 74 farmers and beekeepers who have completed all the requirements for CNG certification since mid February. Find the newly certified members listed below alphabetically by state and province. 

To find a list of all the CNG producers in your area, visit our searchable map here. Want to get your farm listed? Get Certified!


Calvert Enterprises, AR
Mindful Honey, AR
Green Valley Garden Farm, AR
Louks Farm, AR
Stewart Produce, AR
Leaping Lavender Herb Farm, LLC, CA
Heritage Acres Market LLC, CO
JuNo Farms, CO
Two Hive Honey, CO
Windy Mesa Farm, CO
Lyric Hill Farm, CT
Levity Farms, GA
Humble Vine Farm, GA
HallowedAcres Farm, GA
Mary's Market Farm, GA
Garden at Broughton, GA
Gina's Buckhead Honey, GA
Big John's, GA
Bee Faithful Farms, GA
Puna Chocolate Company, HI
Victory Farm, ID
Purewater Aquaponics LLC, IL
Wild Beet Farm, IL
Flora Bay Farm, IL
Crumpacker Family Farms, IN
Glory Hill Family Farm, LLC, IN
Hunt Road Berry Farm, MA
Your Chef's Table, MD
Red Tree Farmstead, MD
Olde Haven Farm, ME
Silverbeet Farm LLC, MI
Silver Creek Gardens, MI
Sandershire Seasonings, MI
Blandford Nature Center Farm, MI
Lakeshore Country Farms, MI
Yooper Produce, MI
Wild Coyote Farm, MI
Red Rock Acres, MO

W & T Farms, MO
Black Angus Springs Farm, MO
Blue Barn Farms, MS
Full Sun Farm, NC
Essenjoy Foods, LLC, NE
Dirty Girl CSA, NH
Mad Radish CSA, NH
Robson's Farm LLC, NJ
Stockton Farm, NJ
Full Circle Farmers, LLC, NJ
Comadres Farms, NM
Cherry Lawn Farm North, NY
Hemlock Hill Farm, NY
Lake Effect Honey, NY
Third Day Gardens, NY
Love Grown Farm, NY
Back4Farm, NY
D & D Potato Farm, OH
Wooden Mallet Farm LLC, OR
Brown Bottle Farm, OR
Green Zameen Farm, PA
Kreeky Tree Farm, PA
Yellow Creek Farm, PA
Saint Basil Farm, SC
Lost Weekend Farms, TN
Sweeter Days Farm, TN
DFW Aquaponics Farms, TX
Happy Earth Garden, TX
Seasons of Change Farm, TX
Willow Hill Family Farm, VA
Downtown Greens, VA
Found Barn Farm, WA
First Light Farm, WA
Marengo River Road Farm LLC, WI

Summerhill Vineyard, BC
Oakden Farms, BC