NORTHGLENN, Colo. – Niman Ranch, a community of over 720 independent farmers and ranchers who raise Certified Humane livestock, has appointed Alicia LaPorte as its communications manager. LaPorte will work with partners, farmers, customers and chefs to tell the Niman Ranch story, share its mission and promote its sustainably raised pork, beef and lamb.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alicia to the Niman family,” said Jeff Tripician, general manager of Niman Ranch. “Her experience and success throughout her career to support small, independent family farmers and sustainable agriculture coupled with her professional charcuterie training and experience working on a small hog farm, make her uniquely qualified to support Niman Ranch’s mission and values.”

LaPorte’s experience includes educating consumers about sustainable agriculture, supporting small and mid-size family farmers and advocate for policies that support agriculture-based businesses in the Mid-Atlantic. She has also worked as a butcher’s apprentice and helped raise heritage hogs, managed the ground operations of a mobile farmer’s market in underserved communities and consulted on communications for various nonprofits and businesses.

“I am proud to join Niman Ranch, a team I have long admired for its commitment to its key pillars: sustainable agriculture, family farmers, animal welfare, and great tasting meat,” LaPorte said.