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Certified Naturally Grown


A grassroots alternative to the USDA's National Organic Program meant primarily for small farmers distributing through local channels such as farmers' markets, roadside stands, local restaurants, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and small, local grocery stores. The standards and growing requirements are no less strict than the USDA National Organic Program rules. The primary difference between Certified Naturally Grown and the USDA Organic program is cost to farmers and paperwork requirements. Visit the Certified Naturally Grown Website to learn more.

Example of Certified Naturally Grown:

There are a lot of steps in the process of getting an organic certification, which consumes a lot of time, resources, and money. However, to be certified naturally grown is much simpler; therefore it is seen as easier and thus, more favorable by small farmers.
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