Some millers, bakers, and I were talking about the current calibre of California small scale grain production. There’s been much pioneering, exploration, experimentation, and some people struck a groove. But, there’s little consistency in quality and volume. That’s largely related to land security, public lack of awareness about fresh whole grains, equipment and distribution infrastructure, seed, and knowledge. There’s deep knowledge and documentation of grain growing in other parts of the states, but not in California. We, as farmers, found what’s worked for us to grow, harvest, and clean grains given our respective circumstances. Admittedly some of this is ad hoc, makeshift, and improv repeated over many seasons. There’s little time for reflection and change. There is much room to learn from each other, and from researchers who support our small scale, heritage grain, regenerative ag kind of work.

So I’ve been working with Dave Miller to create a field day. It’s a how-to workshop so we can learn how best to grow grains in California. Click on the image below to get more info about the field day.