Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) is an alternative eco-labeling program that is built on the USDA Organic methods but structured in such a way as to be feasible to smaller, more diverse farmers and beekeepers. The standards we adhere to are no less strict, and as a matter of fact, by the very nature of CNG, more open, accessible and transparent to our customers. Our farm’s CNG page can be found by clicking this link. All of the seeds offered in this category were raised using organic, Certified Naturally Grown methods on a CNG certified farm. CNG was founded in 2002 when the National Organic Program (NOP) took effect, partly out of a dissatisfaction with the direction the NOP was taking, but also in the belief that a system could be created uniquely valuable to small farmers and the communities they feed.
The organization was born of a commitment to healthy food and healthy soils. It grew out of a belief in our ability to continue to work at the grassroots level to strengthen the local food system by encouraging natural practices and providing customers confidence in, and appreciation of, their farmers' methods.
The CNG certification model encourages collaboration, transparency, and community involvement. Its 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's Certification Standards take as their starting point theNational Organic Program standards, but 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. For more information about the Certified Naturally Grown organization and program, click here.