The Organic Grain Grower Book
The Organic Grain Grower
Holistic Grain Production for the Home and Market Producer
With information on nutrient density, building soil fertility, grinding grains for livestock rations, and more…
— Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont Extension Agronomist.
- The history of grain growing and consumption in North America
- The twenty-first century and the birth of the local-food movement
- Considering your farm’s scale and climate
- Understanding soil fertility and structure
- Planting your crop (including spring vs. fall cereals and preparing your soil)
- The growing and ripening process (reproductive, milk, hard-and-soft dough stages)
- The grain harvest
- Preparing grain for sale, storage, or end use (drying, cleaning seed, grain handling)
- Seed breeding and saving
- Machinery, infrastructure, and processing (both home-scale tools and larger farm equipment)
- Grinding grains for livestock rations (including how to put together a ration based on protein content) and sample rations for dairy cows, pigs, and chickens
- Processing grains for human consumption
- Additional resources and information for new grain farmers, and more . . .
Beginners will learn how to grow enough wheat for a year’s supply of bread flour for their homestead, and farmers will learn how to become part of a grain co-op, working alongside artisan bakers and mills. Never before has there been a guide to growing organic grains applicable both for the home-scale and professional farming scale. This will be a classic for decades to come and a crucial addition to any farmer’s, homesteader’s, gardener’s, agronomist’s, or seed-saver’s library.