Your name and your farm:

Todd Carstens

Cargrain Farms Inc

Location of your farm:

Reardan, Washington

History of your farm:

My farm has been in our family for over 100 years and I am the 5th generation to be caretaker on our original family homestead.

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

Direct seeding is currently the next step in soil and resource conservation and is proving itself to be an excellent tool to maintain the sustainability of our cropping rotations while enhancing our soil health and productivity.

Why are you involved with Shepherd’s Grain?

I believe Shepherd's Grain, and all of its family of producers, are committed to the sustainability of the land they operate as well as the quality of the crops they produce. I also believe in the concept of supporting local businesses and Shepherd's Grain provides me the opportunity to market a portion of my production to local area consumers.

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

The relationship between Shepherd's Grain growers and Shepherd's Grain customers is important so that everyone involved with Shepherd’s Grain realizes the commitment to the quality of our product as well as the commitment to the sustainability of the resources used to produce the grain we grow.