Your name and your farm:

Jason and Denise Echelbarger

Sons- Cade and Connor

Northface Farms, Inc

Location of your farm:

Reardan, WA

30 miles west of Spokane, WA

History of your farm:

First generation farm started in 2001. Started spotting harvest trucks at age 13 and worked on a farm thru high school. Had an opportunity to move back to Eastern Washington after college and transition into a farm.

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

As conservation becomes an important part of agriculture and society, direct seeding is one of the core factors that will carry agriculture into the future.

Why are you involved with Shepherd’s Grain?

It is gratifying to watch the grain we grow on our farm end up in local or regional products that feed neighbors and ourselves.

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

It is beneficial for both sides to understand what happens from the time the seed is planted to the time that flour product is pulled out of the oven. When both growers and customers understand and respect each others hard work the relationship grows stronger over time.