Your name and your farm

Leroy (Lee), Joanne and Allen Druffel
Druffel Farm

Location of your farm

We are located in Eastern Washington, near the towns of Colton & Uniontown. We are very fortunate to be centered between Washington State University and the University of Idaho, both land-grant universities.

History of your farm

Our son, Allen, is the fifth generation to this farmland that was homesteaded in 1878. We host many groups of foreign and domestic visitors at our farm to discuss no-till farming and soil health strategies.

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

Direct-seeding is the most important step to become a sustainable farmer in the hills of the Palouse. It reduces soil erosion to zero and becomes the basis to start promoting soil health. As the soil gains organic matter, the natural biology of a healthy soil begins to reduce the need of artificial fertility and recycles the nutrients of the plant residue. Eventually, a healthy soil will produce healthy grains and then healthy FOOD with a minimum of harsh artificial fertilizers.

Why are you involved with Shepherd’s Grain?

We love the connection to the folks who use our grain. They understand us as farmers and we learn about what is important to them. Working together, we can supply healthy food to the customer.

Financial sustainability is very important to the farmer and the willingness of our customers to agree on a profitable price makes the Shepherd's Grain model very attractive.

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

When the farmer and the customers work together, information can pass between them to the benefit of both. We both want to provide a healthy and premium food to the customer. This relationship helps accomplish this goal!