If you're unfamiliar with Certified Naturally Grown, it's the grassroots alternative to Certified Organic. It involves all of the same strict organic rules & regulations as Certified Organic, but without the hefty price tag. To become Certified Organic costs at least $1500 per year - to become Certified Naturally Grown costs... a donation. Why is it so much less expensive? Certified Naturally Grown is a nonprofit organization, run by people who believe in organic farming & want to support small family farms. (Alternatively, Certified Organic is run by the U.S. government).
I had to complete a lot of paperwork, sign a declaration of my intentions to farm organically, and have my farm inspected (just completed last weekend).
I'm so thankful organizations like this exist - helping small family farms is so important. To learn more about Certified Naturally Grown, you can visit their web site at http://www.naturallygrown.org/ .