Small-Scale Grain Raising


First published in 1977 & now updated, this book offers an introduction to a wide range of both common & lesser-known speciality grains & related field crops, from corn, wheat & rye to buckwheat, millet, rice, spelt, flax & even beans & sunflowers.

ISBN: 9781603580779 Author: Tester, Logsdon Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Publication Date: 12th May 2009 Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing Cover: Paperback Dewey: 633.10484 (edition:22) Pages: 308 Language: English Edition: 2nd Edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

First published in 1977, this book-from one of America’s most famous and prolific agricultural writers-became an almost instant classic among homestead gardeners and small farmers. Now fully updated and available once more, Small-Scale Grain Raising offers a entirely new generation of readers the best introduction to a wide range of both common and lesser-known specialty grains and related field crops, from corn, wheat, and rye to buckwheat, millet, rice, spelt, flax, and even beans and sunflowers.

More and more Americans are seeking out locally grown foods, yet one of the real stumbling blocks to their efforts has been finding local sources for grains, which are grown mainly on large, distant corporate farms. At the same time, commodity prices for grains-and the products made from them-have skyrocketed due to rising energy costs and increased demand. In this book, Gene Logsdon proves that anyone who has access to a large garden or small farm can (and should) think outside the agribusiness box and learn to grow healthy whole grains or beans-the base of our culinary food pyramid-alongside their fruits and vegetables.

Starting from the simple but revolutionary concept of the garden “pancake patch,” Logsdon opens up our eyes to a whole world of plants that we wrongly assume only the agricultural “big boys” can grow. He succinctly covers all the basics, from planting and dealing with pests, weeds, and diseases to harvesting, processing, storing, and using whole grains. There are even a few recipes sprinkled throughout, along with more than a little wit and wisdom.

Never has there been a better time, or a more receptive audience, for this book. Localvores, serious home gardeners, CSA farmers, and whole-foods advocates-in fact, all people who value fresh, high-quality foods-will find a field full of information and ideas in this once and future classic.