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American Sustainable Business Council promotes a sustainable economy. A sustainable economy is one that provides economic development along with shared prosperity, environmental protection, and social justice. It is essential from both a pragmatic and moral standpoint to restructure our economy to achieve the right balance.

We believe business must play a critical and positive role in our society, a role that goes beyond providing investors with good returns. At the same time, government has an important role in ensuring that markets are well-structured and that public resources are invested with vision and stewardship.

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Our Mission

The mission of Appalachian Sustainable Development is to create, promote and expand economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible opportunities to help improve the lives and the health of our local communities and ecosystems.

Our Vision

We envision an Appalachian Virginia and Tennessee where:

  • Farmers, land owners, communities, et al., preserve our land, forests and waters for future generations, while meeting their economic needs now.

  • Residents understand and value high quality, nutritious and locally grown food and ...

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AMRDI provides original research into climate change vulnerability and rural community development, and partners with communities in order to innovate pathways to long-term health, well-being and prosperity in Arctic and global Mountain regions. We use cutting edge social science methodologies, and partner with local populations themselves, to maximize human prosperity, well-being and human-environmental sustainability in these critical regions. Areas of special focus therefore consist of a range of topics, including:

  • Public health disparities (with a special focus on the social determinants of communicable disease and hunger...
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The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a coalition that advances policy solutions to support California agriculture in the face of climate change. We believe that agriculture can play a constructive role in responding to the climate crisis by reducing its carbon footprint and thus help to ensure the long-term viability of our food and farming system.

The vision for California’s agricultural future that has long been articulated and modeled by sustainable agriculture provides powerful solutions to the climate crisis. These include practices and policies that minimize nitrogen-based fertilizer use, decrease tillage,...

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Catskill Mountainkeeper is a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the unique and irreplaceable Catskill Region of New York State.  We are equally committed to vigorously fighting threats to our region and pursuing opportunities for sustainable growth.  We are focused on maintaining our region’s capacity to provide pure unfiltered water to over 17 million people, continue as an important foodshed providing local healthy food to the entire NY metro area and protecting our authentic wilderness so that it can be enjoyed by all.

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We are unapologetically rural. We stand up for the small family farmer, new business owner, and rural communities. For 40 years, we've been a leading force engaging people to build a better rural future.

We believe that where you live shouldn't determine your access to opportunity, education, and health. That's why we take rural voices to Washington, and we don't back down until we see that policies reflect the needs of all rural citizens.

We live for this work. Welcome to our rural movement.

The Center for Rural Strategies seeks to improve economic and social conditions for communities in the countryside and around the world through the creative and innovative use of media and communications. By presenting accurate and compelling portraits of rural lives and cultures, we hope to deepen public debate and create a national environment in which positive change for rural communities can occur.

Rural Strategies helps communities and nonprofit organizations incorporate media and communications into their work in support of strategic goals. We also design and implement information campaigns that educate the public about the...

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The mission of CURE is to focus public awareness on the Upper Minnesota River Watershed and to take action to restore and protect the river’s water quality, biological integrity and natural beauty for all generations.

In service to our Mission, CURE broadly pursues strategies to raise public awareness and engage policy makers on environmental and community issues that affect the watershed.  In service to our Mission, CURE advocates for those solutions that will best sustain the watershed’s ecological and human health.

Vision

Clean Up the River Environment envisions healthy human and natural communities...

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Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) is an expert in rural business, development and financing. A private, nonprofit Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Wiscasset, Maine, CEI was founded in 1977 to support job-creating natural resource and small business ventures in rural regions of Maine, its primary market, and areas of northern New England and upstate New York. With its New Markets Tax Credit Program, venture capital funds, and 7(a) lending license, CEI is able to invest in projects throughout rural America.

CEI does its work by funding, lending and investing in small...

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Delta Land & Community is a group of farmers, entrepreneurs and others creating new business ventures, cooperatives and policy change. Members assist each other in overcoming barriers to resilient agroecosystems. Our indicators of success are ecologically sound locally-owned, value-added (LOVA) enterprises especially including new farms. In existence for 20 years, we have recently expanded our work beyond the Delta states to the adjacent Ozarks and with consultancies in many African and former Soviet Union countries.

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies. EESI believes meeting this goal requires transitions to social and economic patterns that sustain people, the environment and the natural resources upon which present and future generations depend.

EESI advances innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.

Our Perspective

The climate crisis is urgent.

Climate change is...

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Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $43 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by:

Promoting Food from Family Farms

We know that to keep family farmers on the land we have to increase the number of...

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The Forest Guild is a professional organization of forest stewards, associated natural resource professionals, and affiliates who are passionate about restoring and sustaining the integrity of forests while meeting the needs of the communities that rely on them. We are a national organization with regional projects and programs across the country. Click here to find out about the Guild's regional programs or Carbon and Climate Change initiatives.

Guild staff, members, and partners collaborate to...

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Healthy Community Food Systems is a small nonprofit based in far Southwest Colorado working on local, regional, and national food systems issues. As a partner of the Southwest Marketing Network (SWMN), and as coordinator of the Network, we work throughout the Four Corners states of AZ, CO, NM, UT, and WY with many partners.  The SWMN focus is on helping small-scale, alternative, and Native producers and their communities with alternative marketing and community food system development. See the SWMN website for more: http://www.swmarketingnetwork.org/

Mission: To help...

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Mission statement
IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

Rooted in family farms
In the mid-1980s, family farmers across America were in the fight of their lives. Prices had dropped below the cost of production. Family farmers were told they were inefficient and they had to either get big or get out. Deeply flawed national and international policies were the root cause of the crisis. A galvanizing effort to save the family farm helped spawn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)....

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Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. (For more on ILSR’s history click here.  For ILSR’s most recent Annual Report click here.)

The United States has always emphasized the individual and deemphasized the community. From the cradle onwards we are taught that whenever “we” becomes as important as “me,” whenever the social...

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Since 1979, the Kansas Rural Center has worked to strengthen family farms and their rural communities. We have provided a vision and a voice for those who see alternatives for our agricultural future, and help and resources for those who want to implement them.

 

We envision a future of thriving family farms, revitalized communities, a clean environment, a healthy local and regional food system, and viable livelihoods for farmers, including opportunities for the next generation who will grow our food.

 

Our Mission:

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Main Street Project was founded in March 2005 as the nonpartisan 501(c)(3) arm of the League of Rural Voters, an organization with a history of community building and organizing dating back to 1986. Today Main Street Project’s mission is to increase access to resources, share knowledge, and build power in order to transform systems that perpetuate inequities.

That’s not the kind of work that happens in a vacuum.

We’re intentional about cooperating across culture, place, and language. In order to transform systems, we believe:

  • Innovative solutions arise with greater voice from individuals most impacted by social,...

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Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light believes the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice. Through leadership and guidance to Minnesota’s faith communities, we respond to climate change by bringing faith communities together and providing opportunities for congregations to join the growing climate justice movement.

Since our founding as Congregations Caring for Creation in 2004, we have mobilized religious support for landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, educated hundreds of thousands of congregants, and worked with every major religious denomination in the state....

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The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) partners with local people to build upon the strengths of Kentucky and Central Appalachia. We create economic alternatives and strive to make Appalachian communities better places to live.

Since 1976, MACED’s commitment to the communities of Central Appalachia has shown us that high expectations, vision and hard work are essential to accomplish results. Three core strategies help us work toward our goal of transforming the lives of people and places in need in Central Appalachia through sustainable development.

• Community Investment — Investing capital and...

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NACCHO’s members are the 2800 local health departments across the United States.

NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

NACCHO is governed by a 27-member Board of Directors, comprising local and tribal health officials from across the country elected by their peers, and including ex officio members representing the...

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The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s regional development organizations. The association and its members promote regional strategies, partnerships, and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life across America’s local communities.

The term “regional development organization” is used generically to describe the national network of 540 multi-jurisdictional regional planning and development organizations. These public-based entities play an invaluable role in fostering intergovernmental collaboration among federal,...

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Since 1976 the National Center for Appropriate Technology has been serving economically disadvantaged people by providing information and access to appropriate technologies that can help improve their lives. During the organization’s rich and varied history, NCAT projects have ranged from low-tech to high-tech, addressing complex issues of housing, economics, and environmental quality. Weatherizing houses, training farmers, monitoring energy use, demonstrating renewable energy technology, testing new products and providing information on building construction are just a few of the many ways that NCAT has contributed to fostering healthy...

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Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.

NCAI, a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country. The organization’s policy issues and initiatives are driven by the consensus of our diverse membership, which consists of American Indian...

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The National Family Farm Coalition represents family farm and rural groups whose members face the challenge of the deepening economic recession in rural communities. The NFFC was founded in 1986.

The combination of our member groups' grassroots strength and NFFC's experience working on the national level enables us to play a unique role in securing a sustainable, economically just, healthy, safe and secure food and farm system. Additional power comes from collaborative work with a carefully built network of domestic and international organizations that share similar goals.

NFFC chooses its projects based on the potential to...

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We are about rural communities. Faced with the challenge of making a living wage and also caring for our natural resources, steeped in traditions and history, connected to the land.

We are about healthy economies. Working with others to create meaningful jobs, jobs where someone can get an honest day's pay for an honest day's work.

We are about healthy forests. Forests and ecosystems that thrive and are strengthened by sound management and planning.

We are about providing support. For the many innovators out there in sustainable community forestry who are creating new jobs, making a living in the woods, and restoring the...

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National Wildlife Federation is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists. Working with diverse groups to achieve our common conservation goals.We believe that helping wildlife survive the challenges of the 21st century like climate change and habitat loss is best done by:

  • Working with diverse groups to achieve our common conservation goals.
  • Forming resilient and sustainable solutions to problems facing our environment and wildlife.
  • Focusing on the future of conservation as well as the present, to ensure America's wildlife legacy...
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National Farmers Union was founded in 1902 in Point, Texas by Newt Gresham. Farmers Union grew out of the need for farmers to harness the power of organization to stand up against the monopolies that controlled the railroads, ag processing, ag supplies, and the grocers.

Organizing efforts In Nebraska began in 1911 with the formation of local cream and ag supply cooperatives with Antelope County being the first county organized in May 1911.  Nebraska Farmers Union was first chartered into National Farmers Union on December 13, 1913. Our mission: “Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing...

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Who we are: 

NAMA is a fishermen-led organization that promotes small-scale, community based fisheries.

What we do: 

We advocate for policies and practices that will sustain our fisheries. We: 

  • Transform markets: Our programs and events facilitate direct connections between consumers and fishermen.    
  • Influence policy: We work with fishery managers to make the case for supporting small-scale, community-based fishers through policy decisions. 
  • Build community: We build coalitions with like-minded fishing communities, food and farming activists, and anyone interested in knowing where their...
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The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) was founded in 1979 and is a grassroots coalition of farmers, backyard gardeners, consumers, retailers, educators, researchers, and others who share a desire to build a healthy food system that brings prosperity to family farmers, meets the growing consumer demand for local food, creates economic opportunities for our rural communities, and safeguards the environment.

For more than 30 years, OEFFA has used education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to promote local and organic food systems, helping farmers and consumers reconnect and together build a sustainable food system, one...

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Who We Are

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) is a private, non-profit organization representing the 88 conservation districts across the state and individual members dedicated to carrying out important conservation work. We are dedicated to providing leadership, preserving, protecting, and enhancing our state's natural resources and improving the environment for generations to come.

What We Do

OACD provides resources, leadership, and partnership opportunities to conservation districts and their over 400 directors statewide, as well as local cooperators statewide....

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About Us

If a company is going to make a difference in today’s world, it’s going to have to think differently. At Organic Valley, our philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth. We’re a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and we’ve been leaders in organic agriculture from the very beginning.

Our story starts back in January of 1988—a time when family farms were on the brink of extinction. We were a handful of farmers in Southwestern Wisconsin’s coulee region and we shared a love of the land. We also...

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Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN North America) works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we 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.

PAN North America: The First 30 Years

In 1982, the luster of the “Green...

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Protect the Adirondacks!, Inc. (PROTECT) is a new, non-profit, grassroots membership organization dedicated to the protection and stewardship of the public and private lands of the Adirondack Park, and to building the health and diversity of its human communities and economies for the benefit of current and future generations.

As the only volunteer driven environmental organization in the park, PROTECT is able to respond quickly and decisively to environmental threats that are relatively localized, such as our recent success in helping a community block excessive tree cutting on a scenic highway. That same grass roots wellspring gives...

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Founded in 1997 by two conservationists and a rancher, the Quivira Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, dedicated to building economic and ecological resilience on western working landscapes. We do so through four broad initiatives:

(1) improving land health;

(2) sharing knowledge and innovation;

(3) building local capacity; and

(4) strengthening diverse relationships.

Our projects include: an annual conference, an agrarian ranch apprenticeship program, riparian and uplands demonstration restoration projects in New Mexico, capacity-building collaboration with the Ojo Encino...

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For more than sixty years, we’ve been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing our findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

Our research
Our Farming Systems Trial® is the longest-running side-by-side U.S. study comparing conventional chemical agriculture with organic methods. What have we found? Organic yields match conventional and outperform them in years of drought and environmental distress. New areas of study include rates...

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Rural Action was formed in 1991 out of a citizen action organization, the Appalachian Ohio Public Interest Campaign (AOPIC). AOPIC members organized and trained grassroots groups to advocate on issues of economic and environmental justice. This work included testifying before Congress regarding laws concerned with protecting water resources from the effects of longwall mining and protecting those whose land was being affected by surface mining.

In 1992, the group redefined itself as a member-based development organization renamed Rural Action. A strategic planning process resulted in the creation of a guiding document to promote a...

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The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA’s mission is to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. RAFI works nationally and internationally, focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States. RAFI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pittsboro, North Carolina and incorporated in 1990.

Our vision:

  • Family farmers have the power to earn a fair and dependable income.
  • Everyone who labors in agriculture is respected, protected, and valued by society.
  • Air, water, and soil are...
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Rural Advantage is a Nonprofit Corporation formed under MN Statutes, Chapter 317A on November 13, 2003. Rural Advantage was started to provide a vehicle to continue the 3rd Crop Initiative when the Blue Earth River Basin Initiative [BERBI] discontinued on December 31, 2006.Rural Advantage’s mission is to promote the connections between agriculture, the environment and rural communities in order to improve ecological health, economic viability and rural vitality. Objectives include:

  • Advance landscape diversification to improve ecological
    health, rural vitality and farm profitability.
  • Cultivate a more sustainable...
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The Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural is an alliance of farmers, farmworkers, indigenous, migrant, and working people from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and beyond working together toward a new society that values unity, hope, people, and land.

Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural is one of the most grassroots-oriented and culturally-diverse of rural organizations. With over 60 grassroots member organizations we serve as a critical advocacy voice of African-American, American-Indian, Asian-American, Euro-American, Latino, and women farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, and rural communities throughout the U.S. Through our shared efforts, we...

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What is “SCALE”?

The near collapse of Wall Street in 2008 precipitated a global economic recession that put millions of people out of work and forced local and state agencies into widespread cutbacks. The economic decline also demonstrated just how vulnerable most communities have become. At the same time, mounting evidence of climate change surrounds us, from rapidly melting glaciers and Antarctic ice sheets, to prolonged droughts and other severe weather. And the problems aren't just in the atmosphere: over the past 100 years, the amount of productive land available per capita has shrunk dramatically, from 14 acres...

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We are a nonprofit organization (501c3) wanting to advance the practice, and spread awareness of the opportunity, of turning atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter.

 

Our principal project is the Soil Carbon Challenge, an international prize competition to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into water-holding, fertility-enhancing soil organic matter. (Peter has been touring the continent in a converted school bus, doing baselines.)

 

We think the opportunity for increasing carbon and water in the soil is huge, and will help drive...

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Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA) was founded in 1969 to be an Agent of Change in rural Louisiana.

Its mission is to build strong, healthy and prosperous rural communities, with emphasis on low-wealth families, w 80 omen, people of color, and on families and communities whose livelihoods are interdependent with the lands and waters.

SMHA and its leadership have been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally, receiving numerous...

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Mission:

The SBA was founded to support and encourage sustainable production and use of the renewable fuel biodiesel. In 2006, founders, Kelly King, Daryl Hannah and Annie Nelson formed the 501(c)3 non profit to develop tools for biodiesel stakeholders to evaluate the fuel and create a certification system for sustainable biodiesel.

The primary mission of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is the completion of an independent sustainability certification system for U.S. Biodiesel Feedstock, Production, Distribution and end use fuel.

SBA...

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The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration, and education

Goals

  • Promote sustainable farming systems through innovation and demonstration of profitable and environmentally sound farming methods that benefit rural families and communities.
  • Enhance and expand our information network among SFA members, SFA Chapters, and the public through on-farm learning experiences, online communications, seminars, research projects, and the media.
  • Mentor and encourage...
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We envision a thriving Northwest with strong communities, vibrant economies, and healthy and productive landscapes.

We are a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon that bridges multiple stakeholders to solve natural resource management issues in rural communities. Founded in 1994, Sustainable Northwest is a pioneer in solving problems through collaboration and has grown into one of the most trusted organizations working at the intersection of the environment, economy, and community.

Sustainable Northwest brings people, ideas, and innovation together so that nature, local economies, and rural communities can thrive....

The Watershed Research and Training Center (WRTC) is a community-based non-profit organization in far northern California. The WRTC’s mission is to promote a healthy forest and a healthy community through research, training and education. Since 1993, the WRTC has been working to revitalize the economy of Hayfork, CA, by creating local restoration jobs and a culture of land stewardship. 

Like many timber towns, Hayfork’s economy had been based on natural resource extraction. The geo-political situation (Hayfork is surrounded by the Trinity National Forest) made the community vulnerable to public lands management changes. In 1996, when...

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At Thousand Hills Cattle Co. we focus on one mission: producing the very best 100% Grass Fed Beef to nourish you and your family. A myriad of factors are required to achieve this mission: sourcing cattle from American independent family farms strictly following our protocol, with holistically managed free-range forage environments, suitable heritage breed cattle genetics, raised and finished on a 100% grass and forage diet, proven humane handling through the entire life of the animal and, finally, processing at the cleanest facilities possible, with stringent, proactive food safety testing. Thank you for trusting us to be a part of your...

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