Pair seek to make growing an ingrained habit

A pair of Cowichan women have collaborated on guide for growing and using wheat.  - Ashley Degraaf/file
A pair of Cowichan women have collaborated on guide for growing and using wheat.
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In many North American communities, the instrument of change is measured in milligrams.

“Grain is the perfect metaphor for how we’ve lost control of our food supply, and with it the skills and tools to feeds ourselves,” states a New Society Publishers press release. “Uprisings shows how communities can take back their power by reviving local grain production to improve food security, local economies, and the environment.”

Uprisings, a book by two local women: Cowichan Valley Citizen reporter Sarah Simpson and Heather McLeod, co-founder of Islands Grains and Makaria Farm.

The two have teamed to profile 10 unique community models demonstrating how local grain production is making a difference.

Along with step-by-step instructions for small-scale grain production that could turn any community into a hotbed of revolution, folks can also learn about how locally grown wheat, barley, and other grains can impact a community.

They can also learn how to start a community grain project from scratch, how to plant, grow, harvest, thresh, winnow and store grain, and how to use whole and sprouted grains in your kitchen.

“The new self-sufficiency is community sufficiency,” states the release “Uprisings offers a wealth of practical advice to inspire and empower anyone interested in local initiatives to develop a community grain-growing model tailored for their unique needs and resources.”

Simpson and McLeod have already received praise for Uprisings.

“For those of us who are convinced that food independence is the key to preserving personal freedom as well as political and economic freedom, Uprisings is an extremely important book about the cultural and economic situation society faces today,” writes Eternal Garden author Gene Logsdon.

Right, agreed publisher Richard Freudenberger.

“We’ve lost our way with raising grains and Uprisings has come to put us back on the path to good health and honest self-sufficiency,” he said. “With this book, Simpson and McLeod have gifted the reader with a tool chest of skills or resiliency and self-reliance that runs the gamut from the basics of heirloom grains to the value of community...with a wealth of solid how-to for small scale local grain production in between.”

Uprisings is available online at amazon.com, the New Society Publishers’ website, or from iTunes.

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