Every certified member must complete an online application. That is reviewed by CNG staff. Once accepted, it’s posted on their online profile for the public to see. The annual peer-review inspections also help ensure the program’s integrity. The local nature of the peer-review model is a benefit too, since nearby farmer-inspectors are much more likely to know what’s happening on your farm throughout the season than a third-party inspector who visits once a year for a pre-arranged inspection. Peer-support networks that develop often help ward off challenges that might tempt someone to cheat because they fear losing a crop.  Peer-inspectors who participate in CNG have a stake in protecting the program’s integrity.