Our story


As a pioneer and leader in organic agriculture, Thomas B. Harding, Jr. - “Tom” to his friends and colleagues - has worked throughout his career with farmers, producers, governments and institutions all over the world to establish organic agriculture standards, promote policies that protect organic farmers, and expand organic farming acreage in the United States and throughout the world.

The Brice Institute, founded in 2012, is Tom’s way of formalizing something he’s been doing a long time: giving back. A nonprofit 501c3 organization, the Brice Institute is dedicated to partnering with and supporting organizations in the U.S. and in other countries that work with lower income and underserved youth and farm communities to help train students and farmers about sustainable, regenerative, organic farming and gardening practices. 

The Brice Institute also supports partner organizations that are focused on expanding research and resources to make them more available to low income farm communities and others to promote the growth of successful organic farming and gardening operations and viable, resilient, self-sustaining communities in the U.S. and throughout the world.

The Brice Institute is dedicated to the memory of Lorraine D. Harding and Thomas B. Harding, Sr.