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. 

 

Hodo Soy

Tofu used in Cal Dining is organic and made with soybeans grown on small family farms in the mid-west. Hodo Soy Tofu is hand-crafted in Oakland, just 5 miles from the UC Berkeley campus! 

 

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. Clover Stonetta milk is used in all Cal Dining locations and organic milk is served daily in all four resident dining halls and Brown’s.  

 

Rue & Forsman Ranch

 

Cal Dining prioritizes using rice grown locally on Rue and Forsman Ranch, located just outside of Marysville. This bird- friendly ranch has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and other conservation groups to provide habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife. 

 

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 as a drip option at all of our Peet’s coffee locations. Fair Trade certified chocolate is also sold at our convenience stores. 

 

Petaluma Poultry

Locally raised in Petaluma and certified by the Global Animal Partnership, Petaluma Poultry is a pioneer in free range poultry. They prioritize farming sustainable farming practices that renew natural resources. Rocky, the free range chicken is served in all four resident dining halls, catering, and campus restaurants.

 

Niman Ranch 

Niman Ranch is a certified humane network of family farmers and ranchers dedicated to better 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.