I received my “Application Approval Letter” from Certified Naturally Grown last week. It took almost 2 months before they finally approved my application but it was well worth the wait.
I am proud to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown organization!
What is Certified Naturally Grown you ask? From their website:
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) is a non-profit organization offering certification tailored for small-scale, direct-market farmers and beekeepers using natural methods.
CNG was born of a commitment to healthy food and healthy soils, and grew out of the belief that we could create something uniquely valuable to small farmers and the communities they feed. CNG was founded when the National Organic Program (NOP) took effect in 2002.
Our certification model encourages collaboration, transparency, and community involvement. Our programs are based on the highest ideals of organic farming, and the requirements are reasonable. Many farmers find the peer-review inspection process a valuable learning experience.
CNG farms don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or GMO seeds, just like organic farms. Certified Naturally Grown is an independent program not affiliated with the NOP.
CNG is nationally recognized and endorsed, and it thrives because of enormous volunteer efforts and the commitment of the people who participate.
I love the fact that CNG is peer reviewed, not some bureaucratic employee that may or may not know anything about farming! So, I’ll wear my CNG badge proudly!