Bob Quinn was raised on a 2,400 acre family operated wheat and cattle ranch southeast of Big Sandy, Montana, USA. He earned a PhD in plant biochemistry at the University of California at Davis, California in 1976. After selling his interest in a biological research and testing laboratory in Woodland, California, he returned home to run the family farm and ranch in 1978.
In 1983, Bob started Montana Flour & Grains in an effort to market his grain directly to whole grain bakeries in California. The business soon expanded beyond his own farm and became a viable market opportunity for many other farmers. In 1986, Bob planted his first organic certified crop on his own farm and was farming the entire farm organically by 1989. By 1992, 99% of products sold at Montana Flour and Grains were organic and were sold throughout the U.S.
Bob has served in many organic organizations including the first U.S. National Organic Standards Board and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award, The Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute’s Organic Pioneer Award.
One of his driving philosophies is the idea based on the ancient teachings of Hippocrates that food should be our medicine and medicine should be our food. He continues to farm, working to improve organic farming systems which may be adapted to the Northern Plains. He strives for an even more regenerative organic system using rotations and soil building crops which eliminate the need of conventional chemically derived fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fossil fuel.