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When we think about sustainability we are thinking about future generations and the resources we leave them. We believe that what we do today is to serve not only our current needs but to ensure that future generations are better equipped to serve their needs as well.
We believe that as stewards of the land we have a responsibility to tend and improve the vital resource that has been entrusted to us – the soil. At the center of our environmental strategy is a focus on soil health. We have seen that by focusing on healthy soil we improve organic matter, eliminate soil loss from erosion, increase habitat and reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
A cornerstone of Shepherd’s Grain is building mutually supportive relationships. We believe that a truly sustainable system has nothing to hide and we are all served better by greater access to information. We also believe that a sustainable system is one that considers the needs of all members of the supply chain – including the people that grow the food, the people that prepare the food, and the people that eat the food.
We believe that a fair and transparent system of pricing that ensures stability and predictability to the farmer and consumer is a necessary part of a sustainable product. By breaking the mold and establishing a price based on the cost of production on the farm, Shepherd’s Grain is promising just that. Our farmers are reasonably paid for their risks and innovations without subsidy or price support. The consumer gets a predictable and reasonable price for supporting sustainable practices.
Mother Nature has countless millennia invested in sustainable agriculture, growing ever more food while preserving and building the underlying resource – the soil. Using this as our guide our farms focus on building the health of the soil rather than extracting it.
As our understanding of the soil continues to improve so do Shepherd’s Grain farming practices. Our practices are guided by some basic principles -