Peer inspections have always been at the heart of CNG's certification model. This will never change, but a new option for our on-farm inspection process will have wide-reaching benefits for farmers and their community.

Beginning in 2019, community members will have the option to observe a CNG farm's annual inspection, and be an official part of the certification process. 

This approach allows the Observer to really understand what it means to run a farm according to CNG's standards, and to listen in on a discussion among knowledgeable producers, while experiencing a rare behind-the-scenes view of a farm.

Farmers will benefit by developing stronger ties with local community members, while some will gain valuable flexibility around our "No repeat inspectors" rule. Everyone benefits with the added transparency Observers will bring.

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* 1. Are you interested in observing an on-farm CNG inspection in your area?

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* 2. For farmers: would you be interested in welcoming Community Stakeholders to observe your farm's inspection, or an inspection you are conducting for another CNG farm? (Assume this won't make scheduling more complicated. Observers are invited once a date is set between the farmer and inspector.)

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* 3. What roles do you play in your local community? (Check all that apply)

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* 4. Kindly tell us who you are, so we can follow-up as appropriate.

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* 5. What's your relationship to CNG (if any)?

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* 6. What is your primary farmers market? (Or, if you're affiliated with an independent grocer committed to supplying local food, name them!)
  • Shoppers, please name your most-frequented market/indy grocer
  • Farmers, please tell us where you sell the most
  • Market managers, please tell us which market/s you manage

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* 7. If you're affiliated with additional markets or independent grocers, please let us know!

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* 8. Who's your farmer? Include all your farmers/farms, whether you find them at farmers markets, local independent grocers, or via CSA (community supported agriculture). We're particularly interested in any CNG farms you patronize, but include any other farms if you think they might be a good fit for CNG. (If you ARE a CNG farmer, feel free to put "myself"!)

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* 9. Are you a Friend of CNG? Friends have made a financial contribution to CNG within the past two years, and are given priority consideration when selecting observers for a farm's inspection.

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* 10. Use this space to share any other thoughts. Thank you very much!

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