Your name and your farm

Tracy & Mike Rush
Timm-Rush, Inc.

Location of your farm

Lord's Valley between Harrington & Sprague. About 45 miles southwest of Spokane.

History of your farm

Our family homesteaded herein 1888. I am 4th generation to run the farm. I am a 55-year-old woman and this (2011) is my 22nd crop I have in the ground. My 23-year-old daughter and her husband are Whitworth University graduates and may be interested in some aspect of farming in a few years–ecotourism, I believe. We raise mostly wheat and sometimes barley or triticale

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

I believe city folk and our government will win the vote and decide that dust is their enemy. I also believe that if we don't do something to create and restore soil (as the last generation pulverized the heck out of it), that we won't have any left.

Why are you involved with Shepherd’s Grain?

Primarily to keep our product local, as it is the best in the world. Shepherd's Grain provides the opportunity to inform the public of how precious a safe food supply is. Public awareness and support is one of our biggest hurdles for the future of farming. Also, to give myself additional marketing options. I like the family we have become, too.

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

As we go deeper into the Shepherd's Grain project it seems that consumers really are willing and able to shop local and enjoy not only a better, safer product, but support a way of life they have only heard about. Public Relations is everything. Understanding each other’s problems has made for, in many cases, a sustainable working arrangement.