It’s great to see that so many people are gaining awareness about the increasing obstacles family farmers across America are facing but many don’t know what to do about it. Fortunately for us, Niman Ranch recognized early on that young and beginning farmers lack the support and tools they need and often go looking for opportunities elsewhere abandoning their family’s tradition of farming.
To slow this trend, Niman Ranch set up the Next Generation Scholarship Fund. This fund supports the children of farmers within the Niman Ranch community of family farmer by offering them scholarships to help them seek a higher education in areas that would improve their family’s farming operation and their rural hometown communities.
As the summer heats up, we have been firing up the grill to stay out of the kitchen. Grilling everything from steaks to pizzas but this recipe is a staple in our family. We use the marinade on beef and chicken but pork chops are our favorite. Paired with steamed rice and a Corn and Edamame Salad, it is an easy dinner much of which can be prepared ahead of time.
Instead of purchasing pre-cut chops, I found a packaged Niman Ranch pork loin at my local Sprouts grocery store in Boulder, Colo. and cut my own chops at home. Pretty easy, all you need is a sharp knife and sturdy cutting board. I cut five chops from the quarter loin, each about ¾ of an inch. They were well marbled and perfect for the grill.
I participated recently in Food Revolution Day at Google campus in Seattle, Washington. It was part of a broader event held nationally at all of the Google campuses and worldwide as part of Food Revolution Day. This is a day to reconnect people with real food and essential cooking skills. It was started by television personality Chef Jamie Oliver. He describes the Food Revolution on his website as:
“a chance for people to come together within their homes, schools, workplaces and communities to cook and share their kitchen skills, food knowledge and resources. Food Revolution Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of good food and better food education for everyone by focusing on three simple actions – cook it, share it, live it.”