Supporting Small Independent Family Farmers
Niman Ranch started with one farm. Today, we still work with one farm family at a time, but we are proud to support a large network of U.S. family farmers and ranchers – more than 720 families across 23 states and growing! Many are second and third generation farmers who inherited the land from their parents and grandparents. These family farmers’ passion for the land and raising livestock provides the foundation for Niman Ranch’s finest tasting meat.
We define family farming as a farm or ranch that is owned and operated by a family who relies on that farm as their primary source of income. Since families have a personal investment to carry on their farming legacy, family-owned operations have a greater stake in their livestock and their land.
How Niman Ranch’s structure supports small, independent family farmers:
- We provide a robust and growing national marketplace for our family farmers and ranchers to sell their livestock.
- Rural areas do not provide a big enough marketplace for most farmers to make a living. Our program helps them bridge that gap – raise livestock on their family land while earning enough to support their family and local community.
- We pay our family farmers and ranchers a premium to raise animals to our strict protocols.
- We invest in a long-standing, committed partnership with each farm. These families are part of our family, and we consider them in every decision we make.
- Our on-the-ground team visits each farm and ranch regularly to build relationships and make sure they treat the animals and land according to our standards.
By simply purchasing Niman Ranch meat at your grocery store or local restaurant, you are supporting these families and their local communities. From small Midwestern hog farms, to high Rocky Mountain lamb and cattle ranches, we hold the highest respect and gratitude for our family farmers and ranchers. We hope that you’ll get to know them, too!