Chef Todd Fisher is an enthusiastic supporter of Niman Ranch. A few short months ago, Chef Todd and his team cooked Niman Ranch beef, pork and lamb at the James Beard House. It was not only an honor for Chef Todd, but an honor for Niman Ranch to be invited to the James Beard House. We look forward to seeing Chef Todd Fisher as a featured chef this year at our 20th annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner.
Last month, Shake Shack held its annual Leadership Retreat for their employees near Albany, New York at Lake George. Niman Ranch was invited to attend to present a workshop to promote awareness about humane animal care and traditional farming methods. With Shake Shack using only Niman Ranch bacon, it was important for them to share where it is coming from with their employees.
I traveled to Sarasota, Florida a couple of months ago to assist in promoting the Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Fund at Mattison’s Scholarship Dinner. During this visit, I enjoyed speaking to all those that attended the wonderful dinner held at Mattison’s. I enjoyed entertaining questions about Niman Ranch and my family’s seventh-generation farm during the social hour. Questions ranged from why my family supports Niman Ranch to how the scholarship fund has impacted my life to the process of raising our pigs.
Spring has finally sprung, which is great because this year we weren’t sure spring would ever arrive. What a crazy month April was – from thunderstorms to thundersnow to blizzards. Our children are always happy to have a few days off from school due to snow, but farmers never get a day off.
Earth Day, like every day, is a great opportunity to take time to appreciate the earth. Living on a farm, favorable weather and healthy soil are never taken for granted. As Niman Ranch farmers, we are closely connected to the land, caring for the earth as the earth provides for us. We aspire to preserve the land and fresh water for future generations. In order to do this, we practice a variety of conservation and sustainable farming techniques to improve water and soil quality. We truly live every day like it’s earth day with our top 10 sustainable best practices.
My father, Paul Willis, was invited by Iowa State Representative Todd Prichard to talk to the Agricultural Committee in Des Moines at the state capitol on February 15th. Dad discussed sustainable, humane and traditional farming opportunities created by Niman Ranch for farmers in the state of Iowa, along with the rural economic development created through this niche market.
Family farmer John Gilbert started selling pigs to Niman Ranch 20 years ago when he and his wife were young parents to three small children. Their oldest son John joined the family farm and today the father-son duo are still raising hogs for Niman Ranch.
Chef Todd Fisher has been making waves in the seaside city of Carmel, California, with his refreshing modern interpretations of culinary classics. At Folktale Winery & Vineyards and the newly established Seventh and Dolores Steakhouse (7D), Fisher has been making food for foodies and sourcing the best quality ingredients along the way, including Niman Ranch meats. This caught the attention of the prestigious James Beard Foundation, which has invited Chef Todd and his team of culinary all-stars Chefs Jeremiah Tydeman, Danny Leach, and Adam Wulf to cook Niman Ranch meats at the James Beard House in March 2018.
Last year we gathered some information on the scope and sentiment of our hog farmer network. Our non-scientific Farmer Survey consisted of three open-ended questions; more than 97 farmers responded and the survey results were inspiring.
As seen on The Dr. Oz Show, 5th generation cattle rancher and cattle handling expert, Mel Coleman, highlights the importance of all-natural beef and following your beef from farm to table.