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Preserving Farmland
Saving Local Farms and Food

USDA Healthy Grown

Healthy Grown


CNG is an alternative to Organic which is less costly than USDA certification. CNG label, like organic, signifies sustainable farming practices that work with natural systems to ensure healthy soil   CNG is dedicated to small-scale local farmers, and caters to farms that sell their produce directly to the consumer.

USDA Certified Organic

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Grown and produced without petroleum-based fertilizers, sewage, sludge-based fertilizers, most pesticides, genetic modification, antibiotics, or growth hormones.    
Focuses on socially and environmentally responsible practices, especially those that conserve soil and nearby ecosystems. Also aware of fair treatment and working conditions.   This certification encourages farmers to consider thier impacts on improving the local food economy.

Fish Friendly Farming

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Focus on soil and water conservation, restoration of riparian corridors along major creeks and small hillside creeks, management of roads to reduce sediment and limitation of chemical use. Each farmer completes a farm conservation plan and creates a strategy for implementing Beneficial Management Practices to improve land management practices and implement projects for the farm.  
Grass-fed meat produces less waste than conventional, requires less fossil fuel, maintains healthy soil and is better for the animal and the consumer.    
Covers sustainability, labor standards and animal welfare in one certification. Focus on health of local ecosystem as well as consumers by limiting use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer.    


University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Apple Grower’s Association

Focus on reduction of high-risk pesticide use and increased reliance on IPMs.

Instrumental in implementation of EQIP, which centers on conservation.





Sustainable Winegrowing

Wine Institute

Focus on soil pest, ecosystem and resource management, air and energy conservation and air quality control. Farmers assess their own sustainability. Participants get points for enacting farmland preservation measures on their vineyards.  



Other Resources

IPM Product and Service Recognition Programs and Information

Consumer Reports Greener Choices





American Farmland Trust