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lots of times people wonder how this local food movement is going to ‘Feed the masses’

Those of you here likely have your own favorite answer to this question, but recently mine has had to do with Succession.
the succession of local farm operations, that grow more sophisticated, more logisticated, more formalized and diversified with each passing year.
And local grain growing is a huge part of that.
My friend Dorn recently told me he did the math. 
He could do 100 loaves of bread per week with only 8 acres of Wheat in new hampshire.
seems pretty managable?
learn more. think business.
Resources:

Growing Organic Small Grains in the Northeast (pdf) by R. Kersbergen, E. Mallory, T. Molloy

Small Organic Grain Production (pdf) by ATTRA

Top Ten Factors to Consider Before Growing Grains (pdf) by Dr. Heather Darby

Managing Cereal Grains for Forage (pdf) by Dr. Heather Darby

Cereal Grains Grown in New England (pdf)

Growing Grains on a Small Farm (Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center website)

What Works For Us: Crop Rotation and Weed Control in Organic Cash Crops (video of Steve Lalonde’s presentation at 2011 NGGA winter conference)

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2 thoughts on “grain situations

  1. Another great resource is the Whole Grain Connection in California http://www.sustainablegrains.org/

  2. Thanks for the link! Good to see people getting excited about grain-growing on small- and medium-sized farms. Check out the UVM Extension Crops & Soils Team’s page for more research on grains and forages! http://www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/

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