From Leah in Produce:
We’ve recently expanded our roster of local producers by now carrying Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) products. What is this all about you ask? The certification is very similar to the USDA Organic certification with a couple of minor differences. First, growers pay lower certification fees and less paperwork. That is a big win for our local growers whose time is so limited because of lack of labor and let’s face it, they need to be in the gardens and fields giving love to those fruits and veggies! CNG inspections are peer-reviews carried out by fellow farmers and others in the community. This technique fosters trust and direct relationships that support learning and networking. Don’t fret, CNG doesn’t skimp on their guidelines. In relation to the USDA Organic certification, CNG farms are managed to foster biodiversity and ecological balance and the standards require firm commitment to farming without GMOs and synthetic inputs. You will see CNG producer items on our shelves that are clearly identified. If you would like to read more about this certification (or lookup a farm) please click here.