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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.
Environmental Stewardship: We believe that as stewards of the land we have a responsibility to preserve this vital resource to which we have been entrusted, the soil. Our primary focus is soil health. We have learned that a healthy soil improves organic matter, eliminates soil loss from erosion, increases animal habitats and reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
Social Responsiblity: A cornerstone of Shepherd’s Grain is building mutually supportive relationships. We believe that a truly sustainable system must be transparent. We are all served better by greater access to information. A sustainable system is one that considers the needs of all members of the supply chain: those who grow the food, prepare the food and consume the food.
Economic Stability: We believe that a fair and transparent pricing system ensures stability and predictability for the farmer. In turn, the consumer is guaranteed reasonable yet predictable pricing for supporting sustainable practices. Shepherd’s Grain promises a price based on the cost of production. Our farmers are reasonably paid for their risks and innovations, without subsidy or price support.
For countless millennia, Mother Nature has led the way for sustainable agriculture. Mother Nature’s “no till” approach to farming has focused on building the health of the soil rather than depleting it. Using this as our guide, our farms focus on soil health. As our understanding of the soil continues to improve so do our Shepherd’s Grain farming practices, which encompass some basic principles: