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May meditation retreat

Reclaim Natural!

Certified Naturally Grown’s Response to the “Only Organic” Campaign

We applaud the overall spirit of the new video campaign by Organic Voices taking aim at the misuse of “Natural” by processed food manufacturers. The Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) community is very concerned about how this word is used to peddle processed foods packed with genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s) and synthetic additives.

However, we can’t embrace the exclusionary and false conclusion of the Organic Voices video, nor will we join them in conceding yet another valuable word to big agribusiness.

It’s NOT Only Organic

It is simply not true, as the video claims, that the USDA Organic label is the only way people can be sure their food is grown without synthetic pesticides or GMOs. The Organic label is an important and valuable tool for consumers. But organic is not the only game in town.

Certified Naturally Grown has existed for twelve years, just as long as the National Organic Program. There are approximately 750 farmers nationwide who are Certified Naturally Grown today. Thousands more have applied for certification and many of these participated at some time in the past. Certified Naturally Grown farmers are committed to working in harmony with nature to produce food for their local communities. To become CNG certified, their production practices must comply with strict, transparent certification standards.

Certified Naturally Grown means:

  • no genetically modified organisms,
  • no toxic pesticides, and
  • no growth hormones or antibiotics

And Certified Naturally Grown also means:

  • The food is produced on a local farm with direct community ties
  • It is real food, from the soil, not from a factory
  • The food does not come from a corporate conglomerate

We meaningfully and proudly use the word natural to describe the food produced on Certified Naturally Grown farms.

Reclaim Natural

Organic Voices claims “Millions of people are fooled by the word ‘Natural’ because ‘Natural’ doesn’t mean natural.” We are not fooled. And we have faith in people’s ability to detect false advertising and embrace the true meaning of natural. Let’s not concede yet another word to industrial agribusiness.

The organic movement is bigger than the USDA label. To keep it vibrant we must feed it at the grassroots. CNG does exactly this. Please join us. Help us Reclaim Natural. We believe in real food, grown without toxic pesticides or GMOs. We believe in family-scale farms and the power of local networks to re-build our food system. And we believe that a food label is only as strong as the community behind it. You may join us by becoming a Friend of CNG or, if you’re a farmer, by completing an application for certification online.

The organic packaged food brands represented by Organic Voices – Annie’s Homegrown, Earthbound Farm, Stonyfield, Organic Valley, Late July – are just one part of our diverse and growing movement. Their fight is to protect organic food brands against GMO-friendly competitors in the processed food arena. Our focus at Certified Naturally Grown is on building community-based agriculture that protects our soil and water for future generations. Despite our different goals, we must remain undivided by terminology or territorial concerns and work together to hold our common ground.

Please join us. Reclaim Natural!


Alice Varon, Executive Director
Bob Redmond, Urban Bee Company, Board Chair
Elizabeth Weller, Amazing Heart Farm, Board Secretary
Tripp Eldridge, White Oak Pastures, Board Treasurer
Christina Hylton, Athens Land Trust, Board member
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A Big Thanks!

2013 CSAsome highlights from our 2013 season

We have arrived, once again, at the end of our growing season. Here on the farm, we’re busy mulching leaves, pulling up tomato stakes & drip tape, and putting our garden beds to rest for the winter. As we reflect on the highlights of our 2013 season (of which there are many!), we’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone who made it possible. So, a big thanks to Ana and Kendall, our 2013 interns, for their help over the summer season, to Clare Solso for lending a hand with the mid week harvest and Waynesboro deliveries, to Sara Bugler for her inspirational and delicious cooking classes, to Christy Smith and Dianne Elsom for leading meditation retreats, to Bob Hunter for sharing his Feldenkrais expertise, to Jim, Mira and Jeff for keeping an eye on the honeybees, and to everyone who supported us by participating in the 2013 CSA and in the various workshops held throughout the season. We look forward to seeing all of you next year!

Have a restful winter,


Join us for a fall contemplative & personal health retreat!

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A Fall Contemplative and Personal Health Retreat at Amazing Heart Farm

Lead by Dianne Elsom, Certified Meditation Teacher

Spend a day on the land with meditation, creativity, and renewal

Come treat yourself to a day for you.  Let go of stress and relax as Mindful Meditation Practices founded in 5 unique Contemplative Traditions guide you towards unwinding tightness and worry and invite natural serenity and happiness as you experience the peace and awareness in Now.  Participants will explore time outside through a guided walking Meditation and Releasing Ceremony, adventure into self discovery through an art and a writing activity, and benefit from the deep and proven practices of meditation, breathing, and energy clearing movements.

Dianne Elsom, LCSW and Meditation Facilitator, received her certification to facilitate mindfulness meditation groups from Yama Therapeutics in Baltimore, Maryland.  Owner and Licensed Psychotherapist of CenterPoint Counseling and Consulting, Dianne works with children, adults and couples to help encourage healthy communication, relationships and personal happiness. Additionally, in 2012, Dianne founded the Fundamentals of Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Living Program in Chambersburg. An avid hiker and backpacker and an active working member of the CSA at Fulton Farm, Dianne shares a love and passion for life through her dedication to preventative health practices and time in nature. If you have questions please feel free to call her at 717-267-2081.

Please bring your own lunch. Simple raw food snacks and drinks will be provided.

Date: Saturday October 26th, 10 AM – 3 PM

Cost: $80

Place: Amazing Heart Farm * 181 Orrtanna Road * Orrtanna, PA 17353 * 717-339-8443 *

Registration: Please send full payment by October 21st to Dianne Elsom at CenterPoint Counseling and Consulting * 2312 Scotland Road * Chambersburg, PA  17201

Join Us for Our Annual Harvest Potluck


Please join us once again in celebrating the 2013 CSA season at our annual Harvest Potluck! Enjoy the music of Across the Pond, explore the Lexicon of Sustainability posters on food and farming, and eat delicious food.

WHERE: Amazing Heart Farm

WHEN: Saturday, September 21st at 6pm

WHAT TO BRING: A place setting, something delicious to share, and a lawn chair or blanket (if you like).

RSVP to Elizabeth at