Pie Ranch is a truly unique place - located in a beautiful spot with wonderful people doing great work. Jered and Nancy, co-owners and co-directors, bring thoughtful awareness to issues of sustainable, healthy and just food systems - for both you and the planet. Incorporating the best management practices with youth programs dedicated to creating an awareness of the food system, Pie Ranch has developed a holistic approach to growing and educating about food. Most recently, their collaboration with the local indigenous tribe, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, brings attention to the culture and land management practices of the original inhabitants of the land on which they farm. Pie Ranch is definitely a place to visit, and don't forget to stop by the farm stand when you do!
I have always loved Pie Ranch people and their mission! They provide high quality produce while building community and sharing farming knowledge with young people. They grow and bake the best pies too! All of the staff are friendly, warm and very knowledgeable. I live in Berkeley, but go down to buy and eat as often as I can. I wish I could live there myself. I have 2 grandsons and they always bug me to take them to the Ranch! Pie Ranch fills a great need in our communities, teaching the art of coaxing good, healthy, organic food from the earth! They are simply the best community farming venture in Northern California!
Pie Ranch is one of the best organizations I have ever advised.
When I walk into Pie Ranch and meet those who work and volunteer there, I experience a combination of high skill and experience with a "being the change you want to see in the world" attitude. Positivity and genuineness fill the air and one connects to the land, its past, present, and future, unlike most farms I've ever visited.
When I walk out of Pie Ranch, I leave with a sense of presence, excitement, and community that helps me breathe more at ease, knowing what the future of organic farming, land stewardship, and social justice is, as exemplified by this place and all in it.
On top of it all, of course, there is the pie... The kind no one can pass up...
I'm absolutely in love with this place, the animals, and the people. The Pie Ranch staff are dedicated, diligent, and visionary. My oldest son has such a connection with the people, the animals and the farm. Participate in a work day, dance at a barn dance - keep coming back. When people ask me what an example might be of how our food system should look in the future, I point them to Pie Ranch. Go and visit and you will understand why.
Working in philanthropy, I've had the opportunity to get to know hundreds of nonprofit leaders. Jered and Nancy are among the best I've known. They truly live the vision that Pie Ranch seeks to achieve, and the rest of the staff are equally committed to creating a just and healthy food system. Beyond the people, the farm itself is a transformational place - you'll understand when you visit!
This Place is amazing. They are full members of the larger community. I love going to the volunteer day/barn dances on the 3rd Saturday. Their outreach for education of the need for organic is remarkable.
and their pies rock ..... I'm glad they are there ...
I have volunteered for several different events with Pie Ranch and it has always been a wonderful and valuable experience. Their mission, of sustainable farming and connecting youths to the land, is admirable and necessary. The link between land to the food on our table is a lesson that many people need. I have been afforded, as a volunteer, many occasions to experience life on a farm that would have never been available to me. Growing up in suburban California and now living in an urban environment, I wish I had had these opportunities as a child; opportunities that Pie Ranch now makes essential to many of the schools they partner with. A definite worthy and local organization.
Full disclosure: I was a Board member many years ago.
What I love about Pie Ranch is its generous sharing of knowledge, time and a way of relating to food, the self and others.
Being a part of the Pie Ranch community is a good feeling and I'm thrilled that immersion into that pool of goodness is available to regional youth and community members.
This is a truly fantastic organization! The opportunities they provide to volunteers and the students they served are unparalleled within the Bay Area. Weather exposing students to advocacy related to sustainable agriculture or providing a physical means by which students can connect to their food, Pie ranch provides the students it serves with knowledge that they cannot get anywhere else. Pie Ranch is a truly unique and completely remarkable organization!
I work in the philanthropic sector, advising family foundations on their charitable giving. In 2012, my organization oversaw and advised on the donation of over $62 million in grants to over 2,000 charitable organizations around the country and world, although the marjority of grants are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Bottom line is I know about a lot of nonprofits, and have see the best, the worst, and the great middle. Pie Ranch is one of the very few that I have gotten to know through my work and have fallen in love with their mission and their work. Pie Ranch is still in relative infancy, but its leadership has been doggedly focused on goals well beyond the core programs, which get high school kids to understand a healthy, local, sustainable food system. Pie Ranch wants to be a leader in a national revolution to push back against industrial food systems that are making us sick, taking away a basic human skill set of growing and cooking food, and harming our environment. It is a passionate and mission-driven organization with highly competent and dedicated leadership and a wonderful sense of place in Northern California, the U.S. and the world.