Your name and your farm:

John & Gretchen Hermann
RattleSnake Ranches

Location of your farm:

We farm 10 miles southeast of Genesee, ID at the end of Gray Eagle Rd. on the breaks of the Clearwater River.

History of your farm:

Our farm was homesteaded in 1909 and we are the third generation of Hermann's to continuously farm the original homestead. The farm has increased in size from the original 160 ac to 1,700 ac of owned and leased ground. In July of 2011 the Idaho Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture awarded us a “Century Farm” designation. From tilling the soil with horse and plow to direct seeding has been a one hundred plus year adventure.

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

Direct Seeding is one of many steps to a sustainable farm. I would like to ensure the productivity and sustainability for the future generations of Hermann's who will dedicate their lives to the land.

Why are you involved with Shepherd’s Grain?

Shepherd's Grain offers the ability to not only market what we grow, but also to market how we grow it.

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

The link between the producer of food and the consumer of food has been lost through time. The re-establishment of that link offers piece of mind for the consumer about the food they eat and the satisfaction of a job well done and incentive for the producer of that food.