Oct 042011

Certified Naturally Grown logoCertified Naturally Grown is the “grassroots alternative to certified organic.” It is a non-profit, farmer-to-farmer service, with standards similar to those used in organic certification. There are three certification programs: Produce (including maple syrup), Apiaries (for honey), and Livestock (including poultry and eggs). Certification requires CNG membership, which requires an annual donation, no minimum, $75-200 recommended. I’ve certified with CNG, while being certified organic at the same time. They are definitely worth checking out, whether as an additional, locally-oriented certification, or as a standalone alternative organic certification.

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