Shepherd's Grain

Karl Kupers and Fred Fleming began farming in new ways to keep their land productive for decades to come and to enable their wheat to be sold at a fair price. These farming ideas are called sustainable agriculture.

Karl and Fred loved the idea of sustainable agriculture so much that they completely transformed their farms. Karl professes, "Farming has to be a passion. You have to have the willingness to come to the new land and burn your ship so there’s no way of going back home to the old ways."

This philosophy brought Karl and Fred to a new way of farming and selling grain. So Shepherd's Grain was born.

Why Shepherd's Grain?

Not only is Shepherd's Grain wheat good for the environment and the economy but it tastes delicious. "We decided to grow sustainable wheat and were happy to discover that it tastes better.", exclaimed Fred. "Artisan bakeries are very impressed with Shepherd's Grain wheat. A baker tried blending them together and they made a very flavorful and functional flour. Recently I was told that our flour has the most integrity that he has seen in his 30 years of baking", says Karl. So on top of being eco-friendly the flour is excellent to bake with.

Today there are nearly 60 growers who raise wheat for Shepherd's Grain. These growers are from three geographical areas, southern Alberta, Pacific Northwest and southern California. They all use sustainable farming methods and are or becoming certified by a third party audit.  At the end of the day, Fred says, "We grow wheat. Wheat that represents locally grown, family farmers. By purchasing Shepherd's Grain flour products not only do you become a food activist, you also become a disciple to save the family farm."


The idea of sustainable agriculture is a new concept in the agriculture industry. The concept of sustainable agriculture has three main ideas:

Environmental health: We do so by taking care of the land, soil and animal life that exists on the land that is entrusted to us. Reducing erosion by direct seeding and eliminating the use of some pesticides are good examples of our dedication to preserving the environmental health of our land in the Pacific Northwest. In other geographic areas a similar goal of improved soil and environmental health requires different cultural practices.

Socially Just: It is all about developing relationships and the resiliency of those relationships. Shepherd’s Grain considers the social component of sustainability to be extremely important. This is why we are very transparent in our effort to inform and educate our customers. Some suggest it to be “naked marketing” and in a way it is. We have and will continue to “bare” our souls to establish and continue those coveted relationships with our value chain partners.

Economic Profitability: Farming like any other occupation has a certain amount of risk involved. All of our work to preserve our environment and increase the quality of our end product would be wasted if we could not make a living while doing our job. The pricing structure used on Pacific Northwest Shepherd's Grain products is derived from our producer's cost of producing their crops. Our pricing structure is also transparent so that the buyer can see all of the costs that are associated with the product purchased.

Contact Shepherd's Grain

205 SE Spokane Street
Suite 315
Portland, Oregon  97201
Phone: 509.710.7091


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Multnomah County, Oregon

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