Certified Naturally Farmed - Granite Belt
Certified Naturally Farmed is an example of a Participatory Guarantee System. These are locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange. Certified Naturally Farmed - Granite Belt is based around the Stanthorpe area. THe group has elected to adopt the Australian Organic Standard for inputs and and practives, with record keeping forms taken from CNF - Capricornia Coast Group. Farm audits are carried out by other members of the group with all results (as well as records) available for public scrutiny. Certified Naturally Farmed - Granite Belt is also a support network with the knowledge of more experienced members shared with new members through mentoring programs. Also, with meetings, new ideas are shared throughout the group.