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Cultivate

The future of farming

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Our farmers are the real ones

But it's not the easiest lifestyle

Its time to invest in the future

To inspire the next generation of farmers

Through our purpose to Cultivate a Better World, we're putting programs in place that make a real impact, including seed grants, education and scholarships and 3-year contracts. Our vision is bold, but we're starting with a mission to cultivate the future of farming by focusing on pork, beef, and dairy.

Seed Grants

seed grants program

WITH THE NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS COALITION

Chipotle is offering startup grants to young farmers under the age of 40, inspiring them to grow the farming business and cultivate their future. The support we provide helps go towards needs such as education, training opportunities, and day-to-day necessities.

More than $250k contributed to date

next-generation scholarships

To date, Chipotle has contributed more than $250,000 to Niman Ranch’s Next Generation Foundation scholarship fund. Through the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, we have increased our commitment five-fold with a 2020 commitment of $125,000.

3-year
Contracts
REDUCE RISK OF
MARKET CHANGES

3-YEAR PARTNERSHIP CONTRACTS

Through our network of approved suppliers, we created a unique startup program that allows us to provide infrastructure and livestock grants, with 3-year contracts to help young farmers get started and reduce the risk of uncertain market changes.

ARE YOU A FARMER?

HERE’S HOW OUR 3-YEAR CONTRACTS WORK

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Click on one of our suppliers in our approved network below
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ALUMINARIES 2.0 INNOVATION INCUBATOR

8 VENTURES ADVANCING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS

The Chipotle Aluminaries Project is an accelerator program that supports ventures from across the country that are advancing innovative solutions that empower the next generation of farmers. The program will connect ventures to the people and organizations they need to scale their solutions, including mentors, funders, and partners to break down the barriers that stand in the way of young farmers’ success.
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SUPPORTING FARMERS WITH TRACTOR BEV CO.

CHIPOTLE GIVES 5% OF PROFITS FROM ITS SALES OF TRACTOR BEVERAGES TO SUPPORT FARMERS

Great food deserves great drinks, and we’re always looking for ways to offer sustainable ingredients and work with the next-generation of farmers like farmer-founded Tractor Beverage Co. Every sip of our new lineup of Certified Organic Lemonades, Aguas Frescas, and Black Tea supports farmers.
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REAL FOOD, STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE

WITH THE LAUNCH OF CHIPOTLE VIRTUAL FARMERS MARKET

We’ve cultivated amazing partnerships with our suppliers, and when unforseen circumstances arose to the supply chain globally, Chipotle set out to connect some of our long-time partners directly with consumers, not only providing new revenue streams for suppliers, but continuing our commitment to food with integrity.
Visit The Market

INTRODUCING
CHIPOTLE GOODS

A RESPONSIBLY SOURCED LINE OF APPAREL THAT SUPPORTS FARMING

All profits from the Chipotle Goods collection will go to support organizations that are making apparel and farming more sustainable. At Chipotle we’re committed to making clothes worth wearing, so you can feel as good as you look knowing you’re helping to Cultivate a Better World.
SHOP THE GOODS
Farmers

WE’RE COMMITTED

TO SOURCING THE VERY BEST INGREDIENTS

Text: Chipotle is the leader in sourcing local ingredients. Our queso starts on small farms in Wisconsin. Background photo: Close up portrait of a cow from one of Chipotle's partner farms.

“The number one thing I think a young farmer needs is a chance. We have what it takes. We’ve got the brains, the creativity, the willpower and the strong back. The most important thing we need right now is a chance and an opportunity to excel.”

- Mike Mardesen, Niman Ranch Farmer

This photo contains 3 smart phones that each feature a different page from the Chipotle Virtual Farmers Market. The phone on the left features Petaluma Creamery's website, the phone in the middle features the main farmers market landing page, and the phone on the right features Niman Ranch's market site.
FOUNDED BY A FARMER, SUPPORTING FARMERS
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OUR QUESO BLANCO STARTS ON SMALL FAMILY FARMS
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This photo contains 3 smart phones that each feature a different page from the Chipotle Virtual Farmers Market. The phone on the left features Petaluma Creamery's website, the phone in the middle features the main farmers market landing page, and the phone on the right features Niman Ranch's market site.

“We work with small, family farmers. We want the milk that goes into the cheese to come from cows that have access to the outdoors; cows that are treated humanely.”

- Scott Meister, Cheese Maker for Chipotle

“The number one thing I think a young farmer needs is a chance. We have what it takes. We’ve got the brains, the creativity, the willpower and the strong back. The most important thing we need right now is a chance and an opportunity to excel.”

- Mike Mardesen, Niman Ranch Farmer

This photo contains 3 smart phones that each feature a different page from the Chipotle Virtual Farmers Market. The phone on the left features Petaluma Creamery's website, the phone in the middle features the main farmers market landing page, and the phone on the right features Niman Ranch's market site.
CULTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS
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OUR PROCESS: NOT PROCESSED

Watch to learn what goes into our ingredients.

“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 those farms.”
- Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer of Chipotle

DAY AFTER DAY,
WE’RE COMMITTED

With every burrito we roll or bowl we fill, we’re working to cultivate a better world.

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About our partners

National Young Farmers Coalition

The National Young Farmers Coalition is a national advocacy network of young farmers fighting for the future of agriculture. NYFC changes policy, builds networks, and provides business services to ensure all young farmers have the chance to succeed.

Niman Ranch

Niman Ranch and its network of U.S. family farmers and ranchers raise livestock humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest tasting meat in the world. They adhere to strict animal welfare protocols—no antibiotics or added hormones ever.

Meister

Meister Cheese relies on skilled, loyal and longtime cheesemakers—along with 25,000 local cows—to produce award-winning cheese. With 100+ years of cheesemaking experience, they combine new approaches with Old World trades to produce specialty cheeses in Southwest Wisconsin.

Chipotle Cultivate Foundation

We established the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation in 2011 to extend our commitment to creating a more sustainable food future. The foundation is dedicated to providing resources and promoting good stewardship for farmers; promoting better livestock husbandry; encouraging regenerative agriculture practices; and fostering food literacy, cooking education, and nutritious eating. Since its inception, the foundation has contributed more than $3 million to like-minded organizations committed to cultivating a better world through food.

Tractor Beverages Co.

Founded by organic farmer Travis Potter with a mission to make drinks he would proudly serve his family, Tractor crafts beverages inspired by the functional benefits and flavors of organically grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. We sustainably source our ingredients from Certified Organic farms around the world and use time-honored methods to create the purest expression of flavor possible. It isn't always easy, but doing things the right way has always been the Tractor way.

Loomstate

Loomstate works toward a shared vision, believing that whole clothing supply chains from cotton farm to fashion house can support
sustainable clothing production. This is clothing that goes beyond fiber and fabric, to include the moral fibers we share and the community fabric that binds us.