Any cut flower, cut foliage or potted plant farm in any size can apply for membership.
This is the cut flower, cut foliage or potted product product you grow and sell in the last 12-month period.
If you have an event or retail business on your farm and use your own flowers and foliage for any designs/arrangements, please also include the sales of those flowers to yourself at wholesale value.
FOR CERTIFIED MEMBERS: If you use feeder farms, this also includes any product you bring in from feeder farms. It does not include packaging, delivery and other overhead selling costs such as labor. It is calculated for the previous twelve months.
If you bring in product from another Certified American Grown farm, you do not need to report those sales as those were accounted for at the first point of sale by that farm.
No. Any farm can be a member as long as they are growing in the United States.
ONLY APPLICABLE FOR CERTIFIED FARMS: A feeder farm is a farm that you buy product in for the purposes of selling it under your brand/logo. Feeder farms require supporting documentation and validation of origin. If you bring in product from other Certified American Grown farms, supporting documentation is not required.
1. As a member, you will have representation by a national organization whose ONLY focus is on our American farmers.
2. Be part of an organization that works to preserve and protect America’s floriculture heritage, farmland and the communities that support them through a unified promotional and advocacy effort.
3. Support having an organization that works to establish a fair marketplace in regards to trade, labeling and more. In 2019, imports accounted for 78% of the U.S. cut flower and foliage market, with U.S. production accounting for only 22%.
4. Connect and unite with farms producing over 50% of the nation’s cut flower & foliage and the industry suppliers that support them. Amongst all of our members there is a wealth of information and best practices. While competitors on the marketplace, they are collaborators in the industry.
5. Gain national attention by hosting an American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at your farm. This nationally recognized and award winning dinner tour shines a spotlight on your farm, connecting consumers with the source of their floral products and emphasizing the importance of supporting American farms.
6. Certified American Grown regularly highlights our members on multiple social media platforms. This is a great way to increase your visibility and build momentum for the American grown movement.
7. Our network of associate members offer a wide variety of supply and service discounts and programs. Connect directly with farm and associate members through our Members Only login area on the website. Working together will increase efficiency, financial savings and innovation!
8. Website profile and listing on a filterable online farm directory.
Becoming certified is a value added membership which includes origin certificates, license to use the seal in the public marketplace and communicate your commitment to American grown product.
Certification is a powerful tool to link America’s farms with customers who care. Whether you are an emerging micro farm or an established large farm, you will benefit by adding the Certified American Grown logo to your marketing, packaging and messaging. Our unique seal will speak directly to the hearts of your consumers offering the only third-party certification guarantee of origin in the industry. Your customers will be confident in their floral, foliage and potted purchases and know that they are supporting 100% American grown.
Certified members have the opportunity for increased exposure and access to listing their products on the CAG e-commerce marketplace (coming soon).
General members are restricted in the use of the logo. Their logo differentiates with the “Certified” replaced with “Member.” The logo cannot be used on end user packaging, sleeves, boxes and on all things that “touch” the product and move with the product. However, general members are encouraged to use their member logo on the farm website, social media, emails, invoices, banners and signs.
THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS – IT’S EASY!
- Complete this form.
- Make sure to provide supporting documents by attaching them to the form or emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pay the initial non-refundable one-time application fee and annual dues.
- Receive approval for certification from Where Food Comes From, our 3rd party origin verification partner.
- Receive your Certificate, Logo with Unique Identifier Number and Welcome Packet.
- Start enjoying the benefits of being a Certified American Grown farm!
- Review your farm’s information annually to renew.
In order to verify growing capacity for varieties grown by a farm, Where Food Comes From requires supporting documents to verify origin and complete the certification process. ANY of the supporting document examples below must be provided for each variety your farm grows to best of your ability.
Where Food Comes From, Inc. is the third-party origin verification company used by the Certified American Grown program. You can learn more about them HERE.
Examples of Production Records
Seeds, bulbs, cuttings, tissue cultures, plugs/seedling purchases
Rotational growing records
Planting records/maps of beds
Number of stems sold
Examples of Sales & Supply Records
Itemized sale record
Boxes or Sleeves purchased
Cold chain records
Any federal, state or county surveys
WHY JOIN AMERICAN GROWN?
Certified American Growns invites ALL American flower, foliage and potted plant farms to join our community. It doesn’t matter what the farm size is or how long it has been in business. Together we can make a greater impact on the American grown movement. By working as a team, we can ensure consumers and policy makers know the importance of supporting our beautiful homegrown floriculture industry. By joining us and supporting Certified American Grown, you too will have a voice and a network of farmers that stand with you. Join us and invite your fellow farmers to do as well!
Certified American Grown recognizes that farms throughout the country have different needs and desires. To be more inclusive as an association, there are now two options for farm memberships.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
GENERAL FARM MEMBERSHIP DUES LEVELS
This membership category allows for any farm to easily join and to start supporting Certified American Grown’s domestic policy efforts, engage in learning, networking, educational and certain promotional opportunities. Join the community for a stronger unified voice for all floriculture farms. Some restrictions apply to the use of the logo. This membership category does not request the supporting documentation required for certification.
WANT TO BE CERTIFIED?
This value added membership category includes origin certificates, license to use the seal in the public marketplace and communicates your commitment to American grown. The iconic Certified American Grown brand mark with a proven sales-increasing track record, provides a 3rd party origin verifying guarantee and gives the ability to display a unique Certified logo on all packaging, boxing, sleeves, pots, etc. thereby communicating to your customers the flowers, foliage or pots they are purchasing are homegrown in the United States.
CERTIFIED FARM MEMBERSHIP DUES LEVELS
Are your customers requesting American grown flowers and foliage? Do you recognize the importance of our domestic farms? Our Wholesale member certification program enables you to guarantee the origin of flowers you sell to your customers. We work with you to establish a system to verify the origin of your flowers and greens and allow the use of the Certified American Grown label on your products.
Interested in supporting Certified American Grown’s mission and our American flower and foliage farms?
Our Associate Members are any individuals or organizations that want to offer support and be recognized for their contributions to American flower and foliage farmers. By becoming an associate member, you or your business can display our associate member logo, pledging your commitment to American flower and foliage farmers, and enjoy the benefits of your chosen membership level.