Nicolette Hahn Niman

Nicolette Han Niman is an attorney and rancher at BN Ranch in Bolinas, CA, raising cattle, turkey and goats. She is the author of “Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms”.

Nicolette Hahn Niman is an attorney and livestock rancher. She and her husband, Bill Niman, are regularly featured in media about sustainable food production, including an August 2009 TIME magazine cover story. Much of her time is spent speaking and writing about the problems resulting from industrialized agriculture, including the book Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (HarperCollins, 2009, ), four essays she has written on the subject for the New York Times, and one for the Sunday Los Angeles Times. She is regular blogger for The Atlantic, and has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Cowboys & Indians, and CHOW, among others. Previously, she was the Senior Attorney for the environmental organization Waterkeeper Alliance where she was in charge of the organization’s campaign to reform the concentrated livestock and poultry industry, and, before that, an attorney for National Wildlife Federation. Ms. Hahn Niman served two terms on the city council for the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan (pop. 80,000), during which time she served on sixteen community boards and commissions including the Environmental Concerns Committee. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1993 and her B.A. in Biology and French from Kalamazoo College in 1989. She lives in Bolinas, California with her son, Miles, and her husband, Bill Niman, founder of Niman Ranch, a natural meat company supplied by a network of over 700 traditional farmers and ranchers. They now market the products of their ranch under the name BN Ranch.