At Grain Craft, we’re committed to helping preserve the environment by minimizing our environmental footprint and conserving natural resources. Every day, we strive to further our existing sustainability efforts by promoting innovations at all levels of the company. To us, there is no finish line. Our mission is to continually effect positive change on behalf of the communities and customers we serve.
Our journey of sustainability starts with our growers. It’s a relationship built on trust and guided by tradition. Its strengthened by a shared passion for conserving our land and a commitment of working together to focus unceasingly on progression of sustainable growing and milling practices.
We collaborate with all major wheat-breeding programs and provide feedback on milling/baking quality of potential new releases.
We support and fund research at universities to discover impacts to quality and potential solutions.
We connect with over 250 farmers each day via text to provide them with market updates.
Over half of the farms that we work with have been family owned for 100 years or more.
Shepherd’s Grain Partnership
We are now partnering with Shepherd’s Grain to mill identity-preserved wheat for Shepherd’s Grain branded flour products! Shepherd’s Grain, based in the Pacific Northwest, is a grower-owned company that was started in 2003 to connect growers and end-users. Each grower uses regenerative agriculture methods to grow and harvest their wheat. Click here to learn more.
Our sustainability initiatives are focused on these key practices:
We support growers that are good stewards of the land and who conduct their farming practices to promote longevity of crop land. We have recently ranked third in our industry’s sustainability index for sustainable ingredient sourcing. In addition our Great Falls mill features select products that are Certified by Western Sustainability Exchange. These products are milled with wheat that meet the WSE’s sustainable stewardship practices.
We are focused on continual improvement within our facilities and our equipment. With power efficiency audits, motion lighting upgrades, LED upgrades and investment in high efficiency motors, we are taking significant steps toward our path of energy reduction and carbon emission reduction.
Most of our flour bags are Sustainable Forestry Initiative Certified (SFI) and are sourced from areas who have been recognized for responsible forest management practices.
Half of our mills utilize direct farm shipments of wheat from local farmers which reduces the amount of transfers needed. We also maximize load size on shipments when possible and continually monitor shipping lane efficiency opportunities.