Organizations and Non-Profits We Support

Niman Ranch is committed to working collaboratively with organizations that demonstrate a dedication and track record of supporting U.S. family farmers, sustainable agriculture and/or humane animal welfare practices. We are proud to support the following organizations and non-profits:

Chefs Collaborative

Chefs Collaborative is the leading nonprofit network of chefs that’s changing the sustainable food landscape using the power of connections, education and responsible buying decisions. It works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply. The Collaborative inspires action by translating information about our food into tools for making knowledgeable purchasing decisions. Through these actions, our members embrace seasonality, preserve diversity and traditional practices, and support local economies.

Edible Communities

Edible Communities, winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence for Publication of the Year, is a publishing and information services company that creates editorially rich, community-based, local-foods publications in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States and Canada. Through its publications, supporting websites, and events, it connects consumers with family farmers, growers, chefs, and food artisans of all kinds.

“Our partnership and collaboration with Niman Ranch is one of the most inspiring, exciting, and important relationships we’ve enjoyed to date. We deeply appreciate their commitment of bringing high-quality and sustainably raised products to the marketplace, as well as to the family farmers they work with!”

– Tracey Ryder, co-founder Edible Communities

Farmer Veteran Coalition

The mission of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is to mobilize veterans to feed America. They work to cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. FVC believes that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems for all, and that food production offers purpose, opportunity, as well as physical and psychological benefits.

Global Animal Partnership

Global Animal Partnership, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2008, brings together farmers, scientists, ranchers, retailers, and animal advocates – a diverse group with the common goal of wanting to improve the welfare of animals in agriculture. Its signature program, the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards, recognizes and rewards producers for their welfare practices, promotes and facilitates continuous improvement, and better informs consumers about the production systems they choose to support.

“Niman Ranch has been a true leader in promoting ever-higher welfare for farm animals and providing a market for the many farmers who share their commitment to improving animal agriculture.”

– Miyun Park, President, Executive Director of Global Animal Partnership

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Cooking for Solutions

The Monterey Bay Aquarium‘s Cooking For Solutions events aim to raise consciousness among chefs as well as home cooks about how the way we cook affects the health of the planet. These events span across the country, bringing together chefs and cooking enthusiasts alike to promote the Aquarium’s message of sustainability and environmental conservation.

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) is an active resource for women seeking to advance culinary education and gain recognition in various areas of the food and beverage industry. This network of successful women focuses on the art and business of food and beverage, with the clear intention to support and promote their collective and individual career highlights. They support better practices, global sustainability, organic movements, equal pay, and balance in work and life.

James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

Food Tank

Food Tank‘s mission is building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We aim to educate, inspire, advocate, and create change. We spotlight and support environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Slow Food Nations

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. There are over 150 chapters in the USA.

Civil Eats

Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. We publish stories that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities. Founded in January 2009, Civil Eats is a community resource of over 100 contributors who are active participants in the evolving food landscape from Capitol Hill to Main Street.

Practical Farmers of Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa is an inclusive organization representing a diversity of farmers. Farmers in our network raise corn and soybeans, hay, livestock large and small, horticultural crops from fruits and vegetables to cut flowers and herbs, and more. Our members have conventional and organic systems; employ diverse management practices; run operations of all sizes; and come from a range of backgrounds. These farmers come together, however, because they believe in nature as the model for agriculture and they are committed to moving their operations toward sustainability.

American Farmland Trust

The mission of American Farmland Trust is to save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. They are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

George Washington University Antibiotic Resistant Action Center, School of Public Health

George Washington University Antibiotic Resistant Action Center, School of Public Health‘s mission is to bring epidemiologists, microbiologists, communications experts, and policy experts together under a single roof, working day in and day out to curb these superbugs and to protect antibiotics.

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