Your name and your farm:

Garry E. Esser

Garry Esser Farms

Location of your farm:

We are located in northern Idaho. We are 14 miles southeast of Moscow and 12 miles northeast of Genesee. Also about the same distance from Troy and Kendrick. Very centrally located.

History of your farm:

My father ran a hardware store while I was growing up. In 1968 he sold the store and picked up his wife and 7 children, put all their belongings and the dog in the back of a 1947 GMC truck, and moved to Genesee. He purchased a 160-acre farm and started over in life. I was a sophomore in High School at the time and all I ever wanted to do was farm so I constantly worked with Dad to develop the farm. After High School I had the opportunity to lease 260 acres of ground so I purchased a 1952 D6 tractor and started farming basically from scratch.

The farm has grown over the years with mostly leased ground. The original Landlords who rented me the first farm have become like family over the years and we have worked with many other good families in taking care of their land for them. We were blessed to have the opportunity to be caretakers of the land and are ever thankful to God for these blessings in our lives.

Why do you think direct seeding is important to the future of agriculture?

The overall health of the soil is not just important to agriculture but important to everyone. Direct seeding is actually not the goal on our farm. Our farm goal is "To eliminate erosion, and increase overall soil health". Direct seeding is the best tool we have found to eliminate erosion and we are currently evaluating how that program fits into our overall goal of increasing soil health.

Why are you involved with Shepherd’s Grain?

We wanted to be involved with a group of men and women who have a passion for the land. Folks that we could share ideas with and learn from in our quest to reach our farm goals. Shepherd's grain is that group!

Why do you think it is important to develop relationships between the grower and Shepherd’s Grain customers?

People want to eat good quality food. We want to grow good quality food. It only makes sense that we should work together in a system that provides the opportunity for the consumer and the grower learn from each other in reaching our goals.