Special Focus This Quarter: Black Farmers of CNG

The current moment has us looking closely at what role Certified Naturally Grown can play to help overcome racial inequity, particularly within our farming and food systems. Our inquiry is in the early stages, but in the spirit of elevating Black voices, this Harvest Quarterly is dedicated to featuring some of the Black CNG farmers we are proud to have in our community, plus the usual task of welcoming our latest crop of newly-certified members. The other content we had originally intended to share here can wait, and will be included in our next monthly update, in our Naturally Grown News. (Sign up here to get our updates delivered to your inbox.)

A Whopping 84 Newly-Certified Farmers and Beekeepers

Not everyone who applies to CNG qualifies to complete the certification process. So we are delighted to welcome and congratulate the 84 producers who achieved this distinction since the end of February, including bumper crops from Georgia and Virginia, with 14 and 8 new members from each respectively. Read more to see all of our newly-certified producers listed below alphabetically by state and province. 

Alaska Farm Fresh​, ​AKCloud Eleven Mountain Farm​, ​IDAhmic Lake Apiaries​, ​ONBain Home Gardens​, ​ALGrowing Solutions Farm​, ​ILBroken Gate Farm​, ​ORBill’s Berry Farm, ARBroxonBerry, INFat Cat Farm​, ​ORHalf Moon Farm​, ​ARLoftus Organics, INIndigo Gardens​, ​ORHatch Farm LLC​, ​AREM+EM Honey Farm, INJuniper Layne Farm​, ​ORPrice’s Farm​, ​ARToo Tall Farm​, ​LARugged Cross Farm​, ​ORRosehill Homestead​, ​ARFlower Hill at Osamequin Farm​, ​MAShahTe’ Gardens​, ​ORGive Back Greens​, ​CABroomes Island Produce Farm​, ​MDGlen Meadow Farm​, ​PAMyriad Ranch​, ​CACrated Earth Farm​, ​MIGrass Roots Farm​, ​PAHomestead Organics​, ​COFisheye Farms​, ​MIMcCormick Farm LLC​, ​PAPush N Daisies, COHickory Creek Lavender Farm​, ​MI The Peoples Bees​, ​CO
Silver Creek Gardens​, ​MISwartz’s Roadside Stand​, ​PAHappy Sams Acres Farm, CT
TheLowCashHomestead​, ​MOMidwest Fresh Produce​, ​SKBerrie’s Bees & Blooms, DE
Southern Plow Farm, MSClean Genes Farm​, ​TNBAMMM Farms, GA
Leonard Farm​, ​NCEco-Rich Farms​, ​TNEarth Dog Flowers, GA
Make Do Farm​, ​NCPoynter Family Farm, TNEdengate Farm Llc​, ​GAMountainwise Farm, NCGentlesoll Farm​, ​TXFaithful Springs Farm​, ​GARoot Bottom Farm, NCLeafers microgreens​, ​TX​GreenWay Gardens LLC​, ​GA
Hometownmicrogreens​, ​NJChatham Flower Farm​, ​VAHEMI Blueberry Farm​, ​GA
Sissiboo Organics​, ​NSCommonwealth Bee Company​, ​VAIvy Rose Farm​, ​GA
Big Rock Farm​, ​NYHarvest Table Farm​, ​VAMaple Park Homestead, GA
Fiddlehead Farm​, ​NYMidsommar Farm, LLC​, ​VAMolly’s Micros LLC., ​GAF​leck’s Farm​, ​NYRoot and Marrow​, ​VARadiant Acres Farm And Garden​, ​GAGrimLocke Farms​, ​NYSeedling Source​, ​VARivendell Farm​, ​GA
Hugick Farms​, ​NYWillow Moon Farm, VASnapfinger Farm​, ​GA
Sweet Land Farm​, ​NYWoodside Farms​, ​VASweet Valley Farmstead​, ​GA
Lilli Bean Green, OHGreen Leaf Farms​, ​WIWar Family Farm​, ​GA
Roothouse Aquaponics​, ​OHCapon Bridge Medicinal Herb CSA​, ​WVGreenStems Farm, IA
The Huffman Family Farm, OK 

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Featuring Four Black Farmers of the Certified Naturally Grown Community

We are sharing here the stories of four Black farmers we are proud to have in the CNG community. Find links to each full story below.
Six Generations at Bugg Farm
The roots run deep at Bugg Farm, where Addis Bugg Junior is the sixth generation on his family farm in the western Georgia hamlet of Pine Mountain. His great great great grandfather T.J. was brought to the land as a slave, and worked hard to purchase 1,000 acres after emancipation. Addis shares his family’s story here
Celebrating Belizean Roots at Nisani Farm
Nisani Farm celebrates the legacy of Belizean women farmers, a history that Ann Codrington continues on her farm in central Virginia. The name of her farm embodies that history — “nisani” means “our daughter” in the Garifuna language of Belize. Read our interview with her here! 
 
Debra Lockard’s Third Generation Family Farm
At Lockard’s Produce, Debra Lockard farms the same land that her parents and grandparents took care of. Today, Debra feeds the community in many ways–mentoring young farmers, teaching young growers, and of course, growing nutrient-dense food. Read more here.

Olaniyi Balogun Transplanted his Passion for Farming from Nigeria to Maryland
You can see the hard work and pride that goes into Dodo Farms just by looking at their farmstand at the Crossroads Farmers Market in Takoma Park, Maryland. There you’ll see Olaniyi Balogun brimming with passion for farming, a pursuit he brought with him from Nigeria in 2016. Head here to read his story.Congratulations to These 84 Newly-Certified Farmers and Beekeepers