Sustainable Food 

Cal Dining is committed to serving food at the intersection of delicious, nutritious and sustainable. In addition to focusing on plant-forward cooking, Cal Dining prioritizes using ingredients that are locally grown, humanely-treated and environmentally and socially responsible. We adhere to the principles of Menus of Change including: 

  • Be transparent. We want our customers to know how their food was produced including information on labor, animal welfare, and environmental practices.
  • Fresh & seasonal, both local and global. We strive to source fresh, peak-of- season from farms practicing sustainable operations both locally and globally.
  • Less meat, better meat. We strive to increase the ratio of plant-based foods on every plate and source animal products from farms and ranches that practice good animal husbandry and environmental stewardship.
  • Focus on whole, minimally processed foods. We focus on serving whole ingredients and work to reduce processed foods in our kitchens and operations.  

We define sustainable food according to the University of California Policy on Sustainable Practices. brown's- a california cafe showcases most of the sustainable options served in Cal Dining.


Explore our sustainable food options! 


BN Ranch

BN Ranch

Founded by Bill Niman, BN Ranch raises grassfed beef, lamb and poultry in a wholesome, humane, and environmentally conscious manner. BN Ranch beef, turkey, and lamb is served in all four resident dining halls, catering, and campus restaurants. 


Cheese Bar


Sierra NevadaPoint ReyesBellwether Farms


Served daily in the dining halls, Cal Dining’s local cheese bar features artisan cheeses from local producers including Sierra Nevada Cheese Co, Pt. Reyes Cheese Co, and Bellwether Farms


Clover Stornetta Farms


Locally produced in Petaluma, CA, Clover Stornetta supplies Cal Dining with sustainable, high quality dairy. Certified by the North Coast Excellence program, Clover’s production enhances sustainable agriculture in Northern CA. Organic dairy is served daily in all four resident dining halls and Brown’s.  


Diestel Turkey Ranch

Located in the Northern California Foothills, Diestel Turkey Ranch raises organic, free range turkeys on their ranch dedicated to animal welfare and sustainability. Diestel turkey is served in all four resident dining halls.


Fair Trade

Cal Dining is dedicated to supporting farmers here in California and abroad. Fair Trade Coffee is served daily in all four resident halls and on rotation at our Peet’s coffee locations. Fair Trade certified chocolate is also sold at Bear Market. 


Mary's Chicken

Cal Dining has been serving Mary’s free range chicken since 2009. Locally raised in Sanger, California and certified by the Global Animal Partnership, Mary’s Chicken is a family owned farm dedicated to improving animal welfare. Mary’s Chicken is served in all four resident dining halls, catering, and campus restaurants.


Niman Ranch 

Niman Ranch is a network of family farmers and ranchers dedicated to humane animal care and environmental practices. Niman Ranch pork and beef burgers are served in all four resident dining halls. 


Sustainable Seafood

All seafood served in Cal Dining is listed on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Guide’s best choice or good alternative list! The Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats. 


Wilcox Family Farms

All eggs served in Cal Dining are organic from Wilcox Family Farms. Wilcox is Certified Humane and Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.