What Does the Certified Naturally Grown Label Mean?

Buying meats, produce and other products with the USDA Organic label is one way to ensure your food is free of toxins. There’s another option, too, that many consumers don’t know about: Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). CNG, a nonprofit organization founded when the National Organic Program went into effect in 2002, is an independent program that works primarily on the honor system. Many of the 800 farmers and beekeepers who have earned this certification have been organic for years, but have found it too expensive or time-consuming to attain the organic certification — a common issue for small operations. Since they can no longer legally use the term “organic,” many have turned to “certified naturally grown” to demonstrate their commitment to healthy growing practices. This is different than just using the term “natural,” which is often slapped on products as a marketing ploy and has no oversight. Like organic farms, CNG farms shun synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and GMO seeds. The CNG certification encourages farmers to work together to provide the best and healthiest possible fruits … Continued

Poppy Soap Company: Organic Handmade Soap With A Cause

Poppy Soap Co. founder Lindy Laroche was working as a medical rep when she had her son Brody back in 2009. Like many young moms, Laroche said welcoming her first child was a life-altering experience, and she soon decided it was time to make a change. “It was almost this turning point in my life once he was born,” Laroche remembers. “I have this huge responsibility to him, to show him what life is really about and really live the authentic life that I’m supposed to live.” With the support of her husband Sam, she left her 9-to-5 behind to start a sustainable company with a community-driven cause. “I decided to leave what I was doing and pursue my dream of developing a company that not only has a vision of total sustainability and extremely high-quality ingredients without cutting any corners, but also had a vision for giving back to local U.S. communities,” Laroche says of the inspiration behind Poppy Soap. Read on for an inside look at the Poppy Soap Co. studio in San … Continued