Source: Local Futures
Grains are an often-neglected component of the local food movement, even though they comprise such a significant proportion of most cultures’ diets. This is changing, however, as a movement for revival, protection and promotion of local grain growing and processing is spreading. Get involved and inspired with some of the resources and initiatives below.
- Take inspiration from the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance’s Heritage Grain Trials Project to “rekindle a thriving, localized grain economy in the Rocky Mountain West.” If you live in that region, join the project as a trial grower, or participate in the Grain School to learn techniques for growing, harvesting, processing and preparing grains. The Colorado Grain Chain also offers the Grain Home School, with topics including Sourdough 101, Growing Grains, Using Whole Grains, and more.
- In the UK, get involved in the local staple foods movement with the help of Filling the UK Food Gap: A Toolkit to Inspire Small-scale Production and Processing of Grains and Pulses, by Grown in Totnes.
- In Scotland, get involved in Soil to Slice, a “network of community groups growing, harvesting, threshing, milling and baking” with local grains, providing access to seeds, small-scale equipment, training and co-learning and more, by Scotland the Bread.
- In Civil Eats, read about the efforts of Don Lewis, a “heritage wheat wizard,” to revive the local grain economy in New York’s Hudson Valley.