Ed & Brenda Wolf and Blake & Kasey Wolf
Wolf Corporate Farms Inc.
Uniontown WA, located in southeastern Whitman County.
My grandfather Frank Wolf homesteaded to this area from Wisconsin in the 1920's. He worked as a carpenter for several years until he was able to buy his first piece of property to start farming. My father Lester and his brother later took over the farming operation from my grandfather. Since then, the ground has been divided amongst the siblings of these two brothers. Today I am part of the third generation to be still farming some of the original homesteaded ground. My son Blake is now the fourth generation to be farming in this operation.
As always, repetition over the ground costs time and money. Direct seeding serves as an efficiency tool that aids in reducing the amount of tillage and trips across the soil. These time and cost savings can have a direct impact on our farms overall profitability. In addition to the cost savings and efficiencies gained, direct seeding will help us preserve the soil, our most valued natural resource in this business, which helps ensure the sustainability of agricultural production for future generations.
Shepherd’s Grain is an interesting business to us because of the relationships that they are building. They are developing strong relationships with marketing partners and end consumers that see value in knowing where the food on their table is coming from. Food safety and identification will always be an important factor to consumers and Shepherd’s Grain has identified this niche market. Having the opportunity to sell and distribute a quality product with a heritage linked behind it, at a fair and constant price is a very valuable asset to us as growers.
The relationship developed with the customer is the most beneficial piece of this business. End-use customers want to know where their food is produced and how it is cared for. Shepherd’s Grain is developing a reputation as providing high quality foods that consumers desire and are willing to pay a fair price for. Transparency to the end consumer on which farmer produced the wheat used in that particular loaf of bread will help strengthen these relationships and ensure the long term viability of Shepherd’s Grain and the growers that support it.