Your name and your farm

Kevin and Kerrie Melville
Cornerstone Farms Joint Venture

Location of your farm

Northeastern Oregon located between Enterprise and Joseph on Highway 82.

History of your farm

Cornerstone Farms Joint Venture was formed in January 2010.  The founding partners were Tim and Audry Melville and their son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Heather Melville.  In March 2016, Tim and Audry’s oldest son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Kerrie Melville, merged their farming operation into the joint venture.  Tim and Audry are both third generation farmers, and Kevin and Kurt are fourth generation farmers.  Tim, Audry, Kevin, and Kurt were raised on farms in the Enterprise area, farming all of their lives.  Kerrie was raised on a dairy farm in California, while Heather was raised in a rural community in northern Idaho.

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

Soil is our most important asset in this county. We must do the best we can to conserve it—at the same time making it as productive as possible to feed a hungry growing world population. Direct seeding is currently the best technology to simultaneously accomplish these two goals.

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

When you build a relationship with your customer and the customer with you, this relationship holds both parties to a higher standard to each other. This higher business standard of honesty and integrity leads to healthier food for the customer and a solid business model for their grower. In close relationships all parties benefit.