We Just Want to Say Thank You

Dear Rebecca,

In what continues to be one of the most challenging years we’ve ever seen, I wanted to take a moment to let you all know how much we appreciate you, the amazing farmers with whom we are privileged to work. Our team is inspired daily by you. We work with some of the most world-changing, creative and resilient farmers, ranchers and food businesses out there. You all are the backbones of your community and the keepers of the countryside. I want to use this update to say thank you.

Thank you for your daily work, the long hours that span beyond daybreak to dusk, through wildfires, droughts and floods, and for raising animals and producing food for your families, customers and communities. We put our hope in you and join you by supporting your work—to create a future for sustainable agriculture and a more just food system.

Please find more updates from the AGW program below.

Certified Non-GMO by AGW Summer Sale Ends 9/22
Time is running out! We are currently offering a 25% off summer discount on the Certified-Non-GMO by AGW program, so don’t miss an incredible opportunity to meet growing market demand and further differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace. Contact your regional coordinator to learn more.

Regenerative Pilot Launches
In a first for the industry, we are thrilled to launch Certified Regenerative by AGW, a plan-based regenerative certification. As public interest in sustainability continues to increase and broaden in its scope, the demand for rigorous, meaningful assurances of responsible practices has grown. We are excited about the new certification and it’s ability to provide a whole-farm assurance of sustainability, measuring benefits for soil, water, air, biodiversity, infrastructure, animal welfare and social responsibility.

Get Social
If the last few months have shown us anything, it is that we are so very connected. Our Marketing Team sees and shares the great things that are happening with certified producers. Are you following us on social media? If so, keep your eyes out for news we share from other farms—and follow them too! We can all benefit from sharing and connecting, so give a supportive like, comment and [insert emoji clapping] to all the amazing producers in the AGW family. You can find us (and the certified farms we follow) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

News from the AGW Family
Congratulations to Big Picture Farm in VT, who recently won both Gold and Silver at the 2020 sofi™ Awards! You can read more about this accomplishment in this press release, or in the news coverage from Brattleboro Reformer and Sun Community News. The Mendocino Voice featured Capella Grazing Project in Bodega Bay, CA as an example of the role of small ruminants in eco-friendly fire management. Businesses and communities continue to come together to find creative ways to get food to people who need it. Recently, Vermont Biz and Rutland Herald covered a story about an area ski resort who organized food donations from local farms to give to those in need. Goat milk feta and yogurt from AGW-certified Ice House Farm in VT was included in the Farm-to-Trunk Food Giveaway. The Rodale Institute (AGW-certified pigs) in Kutztown, PA played host to an array of influencers working in food and media, covered by Whole Foods Magazine. Do you have news from your farm, ranch or food business? We would love to know, so please send it along so we can share it with the AGW community.

Sincerely,

Andrew Gunther
Executive Director
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