Synopses & Reviews
If we want to reduce our environmental impact, build resiliency in our community and improve food security, it's up to us to make it happen. In many North American communities, the instrument of change is . . . grain. Grain is the perfect metaphor for how we've lost control of our food supply, and with it the skills and tools to feed ourselves. Uprisings shows how communities can take back their power by reviving local grain production to improve food security, local economies, and the environment.
Profiles of ten unique community models demonstrating how local grain production is making a difference are rounded out by step-by-step instructions for small-scale grain production that will turn any community into a hotbed of revolution. Learn about:
- How locally grown wheat, barley, and other grains can impact a community
- How to start a community grain project from scratch
- How to plant, grow, harvest, thresh, winnow, and store your grain
- How to use whole and sprouted grains in your kitchen
The new self-sufficiency is community sufficiency. 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. Vive la révolution!
Sarah Simpson is an award-winning Canadian journalist who has been recognized for her coverage of local and environmental issues. She currently reports for the Cowichan Valley Citizen.
Heather McLeod is the co-owner of Makaria Farm and the cofounder of the successful community grain-growing project, Island Grains.
Uprisings is a wonderful title for a wonderful book. Sarah Simpson and Heather McLeod do a great job of telling the story of the community grain revolution that is spreading across North America. They show how each uprising is helping to build a more sustainable agriculture that is all about community resilience and local food security...Uprisings provides lots of loaves of inspiration and knowledge to enable you and your community to join the revival of small-scale grain production. ---Dan Jason, owner of Salt Spring Seeds
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. ---Gene Logsdon, author of some 30 books, the latest being The Eternal Garden, due out next spring, 2014
In Uprisings, McLeod and Simpson reveal not only their passion for locally grown food, and in particular grains, but a compelling case for home gardeners to think of grain crops as they do traditional garden vegetables...They provide a plan for all of us, from backyard gardeners to small organic growers, to discover for ourselves free and sustainable access to a commodity that industry might normally remove from our reach. In Uprisings, a new standard has been set on the topic of growing, harvesting, and processing grains, and the Field-to-Table movement is stronger because of this book.
---Mark Macdonald, West Coast Seeds
From seed to loaf everything you need to know about growing grain locally
Uprisings offers practical advice to empower and inspire individuals and community groups interested in growing and eating local grains. Step-by-step instructions on everything you need to know for successful small scale grain production are rounded out by a bushel of case studies demonstrating how to develop a community grain model suitable to any group's unique needs and resources.
From seed to loaf—everything you need to know to build community with grain.
About the Author
is the co-owner of Makaria Farm and the cofounder of the successful community grain-growing project, Island Grains. She is a passionate believer in re-skilling and founder of the Renaissance Women, a group dedicated to personal empowerment through relearning basic skills. Heather has been published in Small Farm Canada
, The New Quarterly
, The Dalhousie Review
and Room (of One's Own)
, and she writes a regular farming column for The Winnipeg Review
Sarah Simpson is an award-winning Canadian journalist. She currently reports for the Cowichan Valley Citizen and her stories have been featured in various major daily newspapers such as the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Province. Her coverage of local issues such as the Island Grains project has been recognized in the Environmental Initiative and Community Service categories of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association's Better Newspapers Competition Awards and the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspapers Association Ma Murray Awards.