Make the most of CNG
You can also download this checklist as a PDF.
☐ Complete your profile and be featured on Certified Naturally Grown’s homepage.
Take advantage of this free publicity. To be eligible you'll need to add pictures and text to your farm’s online profile. Log in here to get started. For detailed instructions click here.
☐ Let your customers know that you are CNG.
Mention it in your newsletter, use handouts or signs, etc. Be ready to explain what it means to be Certified Naturally Grown. Click here for tips to help you talk about CNG.
☐ Post the CNG logo on your website or blog.
Click here to download a color image of the logo.
☐ Talk about being Certified Naturally Grown on Facebook and Twitter.
☐ Make sure your farm is listed in your region’s local food guide, and indicate that it's CNG.
Ask the publisher to include information about CNG and an image of our logo to use in the guide. Refer them to our Food Guide page for examples of guides that are already doing this.
☐ Get featured in your local or regional newspaper
Local papers are always looking for content and readers love to hear about farms. Click here to see some examples and our template that you can use as a starting point. You can then tailor it to your farm and your community. Send them the article you’d like to see printed.
☐ Talk to your local produce retailer about Certified Naturally Grown.
Request that they market your produce as Certified Naturally Grown. Click here to see tips for talking about CNG and click here for a list of retailers that highlight the CNG status of their vendor farms.
☐ Suggest that your farmers market require a kind of certification.
Several markets have taken this step to better serve their customers seeking food that is both local and grown sustainably. For a list of farmers markets who do, click here.
☐ Use the map on our website to connect with other CNG farmers or beekeepers in your area.
Relationships with other CNG members are useful in arranging inspections, and can be a great source of knowledge and camaraderie. Click here for the map. Get tips on developing your local farmers network here.