Sustainable Farming

We support biodiversity, permaculture, seed diversity, composting, native planting, integrated pest management, conservation, small-scale organic farming, fair treatment of animals, and the cessation of pesticide and herbicide use.

  • We support Amazon Watch, which advances the rights of indigenous peoples to protect their lands and their livelihoods. The Amazon rainforest is home to nearly 400 distinct indigenous groups. Amazon Watch works in long-term partnership with indigenous communities and environmental organizations to strengthen their capacity to advocate for their rights and protect rainforest territories.
  • We support the Animal Place, which was founded in 1989 and is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country. 600-acres in Grass Valley, California provides refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals and creates meaningful change through advocacy and education.
  • We support the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national non-profit, public interest and environmental advocacy organization promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. They work to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and educating consumers concerning the definition of organic food and products.
  • We support the Ecological Farming Association, which nurtures healthy and just farms, food systems, communities, and the environment. For over three decades, their flagship event -the EcoFarm Conference- has brought together food system stakeholders for education, alliance building and celebration.
  • We support Empowerment Works, which provides global communities with education, access to markets, appropriate technologies, and the skills needed to catalyze sustainability, including sustainable farming. They bring these vital tools within the grasp of citizens on the front lines of poverty and climate change.
  • We support the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which mobilizes our nation’s returning military veterans to become small farmers. Through outreach, training and networking, the nonprofit cultivates a whole new generation of American farmers and develops viable employment and careers in sustainable agriculture.
  • We support the Global Greengrants Fund, which creates opportunities by making small grants to local grassroots groups working for social and environmental justice and sustainable farming.  Everyone should be able to protect the places and ways they live, yet in much of the developing world, local communities are denied this right.
  • We support the film Ground Operations, which explores the story of combat men and women who return from Iraq and Afghanistan. These veterans struggle to return to civilian life until they find a pathway to organic farming and pasture-raised livestock.
  • We support the Guelph Organic Conference in Canada, which has been educating global citizens about sustainable farming for more than three decades. International speakers and sessions cover topics such as genetically engineered foods, production/certification and pollination, climate change, farmland protection, and food security.
  • We support the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), an organic agriculture advocacy group promoting health, justice and sustainability. The OCA deals with issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, Fair Trade and other key topics.
  • We support the Organic Seed Alliance, which advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. They believe seed is part of our common cultural heritage – a living, natural resource that demands careful management to meet food needs now and into the future. They accomplish their mission through research, education, and advocacy.
  • We support the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), which promotes, protects, and develops the organic seed trade and its growers, thereby assuring that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of genetic contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture. OSGATA envisions a thriving decentralized organic seed industry that supports organic farms and independent seed companies.
  • We support the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), which since 1992, has brought farmers together to learn from each other and to build relationships between those farmers and consumers looking for fresh, wholesome, locally and sustainably produced food.
  • We support the Pesticide Action Network, which works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. They link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.
  • We support Quail Springs Permaculture, an educational and land stewardship non-profit organization dedicated to permaculture. They demonstrate and teach holistic ways of designing human environments, restoring and revitalizing the land and community, and facilitating deeper understanding of ourselves and one another through immersive experiences in nature.
  • We support Richmond Grows, a seed lending library in Richmond, California. The library provides this community a resource for cultivating urban gardens and food security.
  • We support the pioneering Rodale Institute, which has for more than sixty years, been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world. They advocate for policies that support farmers and educate consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.
  • We support Sustainable Connections’ Food to Bank On project, which connects beginning small farmers with business training, markets and mentorship, while providing the tools and resources they need to succeed. Sustainable Connections is mentoring a new breed of farmers that have designed their business with a sustainable vision
  • We support the David Brower Center, an invaluable asset for the San Francisco Bay Area. Conceived as a vibrant community of like-minded individuals and organizations committed to a just and ecologically sustainable society, the Center offers inspiring events and activities for environmental and social action.  We sponsored the Lexicon of Sustainability, an art exhibit about sustainable farming.
  • We support the Whole Planet Foundation, with a mission of poverty alleviation through microcredit in developing-world communities around the world where Whole Foods Market sources their products. They support over 330,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 59 different countries around the world, including small farmers.
  • We support Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) invests in global, grassroots women’s leadership to drive solutions to our most pressing ecological concerns – clean water, healthy food, protecting land, and climate change. Their programs include support of small women farmers in India.
  • We support Worldwatch Institute, an independent research institute devoted to global environmental concerns and sustainable solutions. The Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project assesses the state of agricultural innovations with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, ecosystem health, and productivity.