Farmers committed to farming in a sustainable and ethical way need help to have a chance to succeed – both for the sake of the future of real nutritious food and the communities that rely on these farms.

In the United States, young farmers are facing more challenges than ever:

  • 40x more farmers were lost in recent years than gained
  • 56% of farms lost money last year 
  • 100 million acres of U.S. farmland will change ownership in the next 5 years

The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation has partnered with Niman Ranch’s Next Generation Scholarship Fund and the National Young Farmers Coalition in an effort to cultivate the future of farming.

Niman Ranch's Next Generation Scholarship Fund

We have increased our 2020 pledge five-fold, with a 2020 pledge of $125,000. In addition to the scholarship fund, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation is also partnering with Niman Ranch to sponsor education and training opportunities for young farmers.

Pigs running in an open field

National Young Farmers Coalition

On December 6th, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation partnered with Chipotle to raise $250,000 for the National Young Farmers Coalition to help establish a seed grant program to support young farmers.

Group of Young Farmer's standing with Chipotle Cultivate Foundation's Tweet #Farmer's Sign

On January 1st, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation donated $1 for every tweet with #farmer to the National Young Farmers Coalition for a total donation of $250,000.

Chipotle "Cultivate the Future of Farming" float parading down the street
Close up of Chipotle parade float

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MicroProducer Academy

Through foundation grants, our partners at The International Rescue Committee established the MicroProducer Academy to support refugees and students with ties to the land. 

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Aluminaries 1.0

In an effort to make real food accessible for all, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation held a seven-month accelerator program that gave growth-stage ventures a spotlight and mentoring from established leaders. 

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Investing to Cultivate the Future of Farming

Real food needs real farmers and real farmers need a real chance. To date, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to support the next generation of farmers.

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