Your name and your farm

Ryan Wiater
NW Farms inc.

Location of your farm

The farm is located in eastern Washington, west of Spokane in the Reardan area.

History of your farm

I am originally from Spokane, Washington. I became involved in farming in the Reardan area through friends of my parents. I started driving a combine just before my 16th birthday. After graduating from high school, I began working full-time during the summers and part-time the rest of the year to help pay my way through college. I graduated with a BA in Finance from Eastern Washington University. I was then given the opportunity to lease some land of my own to begin farming while continuing to work full-time for Mondovi Corner Farm.

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

Direct seeding is important to the future of agriculture for many reasons. This farming practice conserves moisture and builds organic matter in addition to greatly reducing tillage. This virtually eliminates water and wind erosion and helps us to turn “dirt” back into healthy soil. The result of direct seeding is a more efficient and sustainable way of producing grain in our operation.

Why are you involved with Shepherd’s Grain?

I am involved with Shepherd’s Gain because it gives us a market that encourages producing a high quality product using sustainable farming methods. There is a sense of fulfillment that comes from knowing where your product is being used. I enjoy knowing that the efforts of Shepherd’s Grain farmers, like myself, contribute to a higher quality end-product for the consumer.

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

I think it is important to develop relationships between the grower and Shepherd's Grain customers so the story of the local farmer using direct seeding and sustainable farming practices will be known by the customers.