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How should I decide whether to have my farm certified organic or Certified Naturally Grown?

The CNG label is most useful for producers who market directly, through CSAs, farmers markets, and local food businesses. If you’re planning to sell to large retail outlets or wholesalers, the national organic program might be a better fit. Some farmers choose both certifications (about eight percent of our members), often because they appreciate the local connotations and grassroots nature of CNG, but they also need organic certification for access to wholesale organic markets. 

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