Pie Ranch

Rating: 4.89 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: PO Box 363 2080 Cabrillo Highway Pescadero CA 94060 USA

Mission: Pie Ranch's mission is to cultivate a healthy and just food system from seed to table.
Results: Our educational programs have introduced thousands of youth and adults to a working organic farm, taught them about the important benefits of eating healthful, sustainably-grown food, and increased public support for local, organic farmers. Our Emerging Farmer Training has produced nearly two dozen new farmers, who now have the skills and knowledge to work the land and care for the environment. Through regional organizing, we are making San Mateo County a place where more organic local food is available to consumers, where farmland is preserved and continues to be used for food production, and where more farmers can afford to operate small, sustainable farms. In the long term, these programs will help build a healthier, more relationship-based local food system, in which food production will help preserve the precious land, animals, and natural features of the beautiful place we call home.
Target demographics: Youth and Adults of all ages, to learn where their food comes from.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, 900 youth visited Pie Ranch and learned about the source of their food; Pie Ranch welcomed over 3,500 people to the farm for educational programming; we began a new CSA for our three partner school communities; we trained four apprentices and three farm interns; and 55 high school youth were employed as HomeSlice interns, learning about food, farming, nutrition and social justice.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: Our programs provide youth education in food, farming and the environment; training for emerging farmers in organic food production and small-farm marketing; organizing in collaboration with our regional allies to advocate for farmland preservation, affordable access to farmland, and production of local, sustainable food for local markets; public programs including events, classes and talks, monthly workdays and barn dances, and a bustling roadside farm stand.
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EIN 26-1631976
650-879-0995
http://www.pieranch.org/
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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...

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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 ...

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to work hard on governance maturity as Pie Ranch grows and evolves. Figure out how to invest in the people that make the organization thrive by paying above a living wage.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pie Ranch is an incredibly ambitious organization with huge, culture shifting goals that it is succeeding in achieving. Everyone involved in the powerful work at Pie Ranch is incredibly knowledgeable, gracious, organized, and thoughtful. It is truly an honor to have experienced such a beautiful place and to be able to connect with the thinkers and action takers behind it.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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