CERTIFIED NATURALLY GROWN
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) is a non-profit organization that provides certification for farmers and beekeepers who use natural and organic practices in their agricultural production. The organization was founded in 2002 as an alternative to the USDA Organic certification, offering a more affordable and community-based certification option.
CNG certification is based on the principles of organic agriculture, focusing on ecological balance, biodiversity, and soil health. It requires farmers and beekeepers to follow strict standards and guidelines that prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Instead, CNG promotes the use of natural and sustainable methods to enhance soil fertility, manage pests and diseases, and maintain the overall health of the ecosystem.
Certification with CNG involves a rigorous inspection process conducted by trained and experienced farmers in the CNG community. Inspections are typically done in-person and involve site visits to assess compliance with the CNG standards. Certified producers are required to maintain detailed records and documentation of their practices.
Certified Naturally Grown operates as a grassroots organization, emphasizing peer-to-peer education and support among its members. It fosters a sense of community and collaboration among certified growers, beekeepers, and consumers who value naturally grown products.
As a non-profit organization, CNG's mission is to support local and sustainable agriculture, promote transparency and integrity in food production, and provide consumers with a trustworthy alternative to conventional agriculture. Its focus is on empowering farmers and beekeepers to adopt sustainable practices and connect with consumers who prioritize natural and environmentally friendly food choices.