Certified Naturally Grown

Certified Naturally Grown
Organization Name:
Certified Naturally Grown
Primary Address 1:
540 President Street
Primary Address 2:
Third Floor
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​Certified Naturally Grown is a national grassroots organization ​with active participants in 47 states nationwide.
Long Organization Description:

Mission: ​To support our members by promoting sustainable agriculture through peer-review certification, grassroots networking, and advocacy.​

Organization Website Address:
Organization Phone Number:
(845) 687-2058
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Alice Varon
How do customers and clients contact your organization?:
Email, Telephone, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
More than 750 farmers and beekeepers are Certified Naturally Grown. They are located in 48 states and ​five Canadian provinces.
Community members (approx.):
​Approximately 800 farmers and beekeepers nationwide benefit from CNG every month.
Number of volunteers:
​Approximately 800​
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Major Funders:
​CNG’s core operations are covered primarily through certification dues paid by participating producers. Special projects have been funded with grants from the Farmers Market Promotion Program, a project of USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service.
Organization Type:
Food Policy, Food Certification
About the Organization:
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) ​is dedicated to strengthening sustainable agriculture by offering peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers who use natural practices free of synthetic chemicals or GMOs​ to ​produce food for their local communities. ​CNG is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by farmers in 2002, when the National Organic Program took effect. These farmers were committed to organic practices but wanted a certification program that was tailored to community-based farms. ​CNG’s peer-review approach is based on transparency, direct relationships and a firm belief in our ability to create something uniquely valuable by working together. ​All Certified Naturally Grown farmers and beekeepers have a profile on the CNG website, which also contains many resources for its members.
Latest Project:
#CNGgrit is a project that invites photographers – hobbyists and professionals – to help ​capture images of farm work ​in order to document and celebrate the determination and labor that goes into producing ​naturally grown food.
Areas Served:
Core Programs:
Community-based food production, ecological farming education, networking events for farmers, marketing tips and design services for farmers, scholarships offered for certification, and peer-review certification for: produce, apiary, livestock, aquaponics, and mushrooms
Major Issues:
Local Food, Sustainable Food, Sustainable Farming
Hours of Operation:
​Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm​
We have and or use Social Media?:
Frequently used hashtags 1:
#certifiednaturallygrown, ​#CNGproud, ​#cngfarming, #CSA, #CNGgrit, #knowyourfarmer, #supportyourfarmer
Frequently used hashtags 2:
#CNG​proud​, #localfood, #eatrealfood, #urbanfarming
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