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Film About Peer Inspections

We are delighted to share one of our newest creations, featuring Kat Johnson and two other farmers in the CNG community. Kat has been farming for 17 years, and joined CNG staff as Certification Specialist last spring. Having spent the prior four years farming at one, then another CNG operation, she already felt like part of the CNG family. Plus she was featured in two of the short educational videos we produced last year. So we tapped her talents again for our latest film, “What to Expect When You’re Inspecting”.

Why did we make this film? Here’s how Kat describes it:

The farmer-to-farmer inspection process is absolutely the best part of CNG certification because of the way it creates community and upholds our integrity as growers. But if you haven’t done it before, it might feel scary because you don’t know what to expect, or maybe you fear finding a violation. Hopefully the video will show our new members how inspections can simply be an open dialogue between two farmers that is guided by the worksheets. Usually they have a lot more value than just fulfilling an annual requirement.

All in all, opening up your farm to the annual inspection requirement is far less demanding and nerve wracking than you might think – especially compared to typical USDA organic inspections. Unlike those, during a CNG peer-review, the inspector can offer advice, lessons learned, community resources and lasting relationships.

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