141 Pages

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141 Pages

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  • Co-op available
  • National Radio campaign in Canada
  • Features pitched to Hobby Farm, Acres USA, Mother Earth News, Grit, The Tyee, The Winnipeg Review, Small Farm Canada, Urban Garden
  • Excerpts pitched to Permaculture Activist, Communities Magazine , American Vegetable Grower, Backhome
  • Outreach to members of the Slow Food Movement, Transition Towns, Agricultural Institutes and Seed Savers Exchanges
  • Geographical promotion in communities featured in the book: Skowhegan, Maine; Mount Vernon, WA; Northhampton MA; Creston/Nelson, BC; Duncan, BC, Speerville, NB, more TBA
  • Social Media Outreach: promotion on author’s community share agriculture business, websites and blog, www.MakariaFarm.com, www.IslandGrains.com, www.aYearofReskilling.com
  • Simultaneous ebook release and marketing

  • The author is the co-owner of Makaria Farm on Vancouver Island, BC
  • The book profiles North American communities that are reviving local grain production to address food security, the economy and the environment.
  • This book differs from the competition in that is includes practical, useful, inspiring information on how individuals can work together to learn about and grow grains.
  • Winner of many creative writing awards, including the BC Arts Council Senior Fiction Award two years in a row.
  • Founded and manages a successful community grain-growing project
  • The book will offer practical advice for how other grain growers can develop a model
    suitable for their unique needs and resources
  • Author is a double major in creative writing and English literature and her work has been published in Small Farm Canada and The Winnipeg Review.
  • Author blogs at www.ayearofreskilling.com, a project where 15 women learn a new skill together each month, and at www.islandchef.ca and www.getfreshguide.com
  • Intended audience includes: locavores, people interested in food security, growing food, environmental issues and community building, market gardeners and farmers who may be interested in starting a grain CSA.

  • Introduction
    Provides an overview of our personal experience learning that it’s possible to grow grains even if you don’t have a combine, our subsequent creation of Island Grains, and the book’s objective: to share ideas, best practices and cautions so that the reader can join with other likeminded grainies to start a community grain-growing project.Provides oodles of inspiration and practical advice/information.

    The Case Studies
    This section provides case studies of 6-7 different community grain-growing models spanning North America. Models will be confirmed following further research, with New Society Publisher’s input, and will ideally be located in the West Coast, East Coast and Central region of each country.

    Case study #1: Kootenay Grain CSA
    A case study of the Kootenay Grain CSA (the first grain CSA in Canada), including how it began, how it works, its successes and benefits (including participants’ testimonials), challenges it’s faced and how it’s overcome them, and recommendations for how the model could be applied to other communities.

    Case study #2: Island Grains
    A case study of Island Grains, including how it began, how it evolved over three years, its successes and benefits (including participants’ testimonials), challenges we faced and how we overcame them, and recommendations for how the model could be applied to other communities.

    Other possible case studies:
    • Urban Grains (Lower Mainland, British Columbia; began around the same time as Island Grains)
    • Cedar Down Farm (they hope to start a grain CSA in Neustadt, Ontario)
    • Haliburton Grain CSA (Haliburton County, Ontario)
    • Country Thyme Farm (Bowden, Alberta)
    United States:
    • PioneerValley Community Grain CSA (Shutesbury, Massachusetts)
    • White Oak Grains (Belchertown, Massachusetts)

    Mentions of other models in existence, ideas for possible models and overall conclusions on which models might work best for different scenarios.

    The Workshops
    Provides high-level, basic information based on case study interviews and other research as a general reference for community grain-growing project participants. Information will be anecdotal rather than scientific.

    Grains 101
    The different kinds of grains, a brief history of grains and their importance culturally and nutritionally, suggestions as to which grains are most suited to small-scale production (e.g. yield per square foot), as well as the pros and cons of each (e.g. soil benefits, harvesting, threshing).

    Growing Grains
    Information on choosing a growing site (e.g. access to sun, drainage, soil type), preparing the soil, when and how to plant different grain varieties, irrigation, and weeding. Includes a general timeline for when different grains can be planted in North America.

    Harvesting Grains
    Information on when and how to harvest grains on a small-scale, as well as threshing, winnowing and storage tips.

    Eating Grains
    Information on milling, as well as some of the easiest, tastiest recipes we’ve collected for whole grains: sprouted wheat bread, rye berry salad, grain casserole.

    About the Author



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    Published 14 October 2013
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    EAN13 9781550925425
    Language English
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