The Palouse

The Palouse Country


Heartland of the Inland Pacific Northwest, the rolling hills of the Palouse are a mystical expanse that was transformed between 1860 and 1920 from undulating prairie into one of the nation's premier dryland farming and ranching districts. It covers the stunningly beautiful landscapes of the Washington-Idaho border farming region from the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Valley south to Walla Walla, and from Lewiston and Clarkston westward to the Tri-Cities.

Our Palouse Colony Farm was established along the Palouse River between the rural communities of Endicott and St. John, Washington, by German immigrant families from Russia who arrived in the area in the fall of 1882. They introduced sustainable Old World crops and field rotations for soil fertility to the new conditions of life on the Columbia Plateau. The farm was reestablished in 2015 to raise healthy heritage grains by the Ochs and Scheuerman families, descendants of those who first resided in the historic colony.

We have much more information about the Palouse Country that we publish in our blog. Specifically, if you search for the blog post category "Places & People" by clicking here, you will find further insights about this remarkable part of the world.

The Palouse is well known for its picturesque landscapes and is a favorite destination for photography and ecotourism. Among the most renowned photographers of the area is Kennewick’s John Clement, whose evocative rural images have earned his induction into the Professional Photographers of American Hall of Fame. The following gallery is a sample of his work featuring the Palouse.