Grains are often thought of as part and parcel of the monocultural global food economy – so much so that, even within local food movements, local wheat and other staple crops are rarely discussed. The Common Grain Alliance, an association of more than 30 farmers, millers, and bakers in and around Virginia, is working to change that by building an integrated regional economy and raising the profile of local grains. It’s no easy feat. The variability of small-scale, heirloom varieties means that they demand greater care and skill in baking, and constant communication between bakers and farmers – a challenge that ultimately strengthens the bonds between everyone involved. Learn more about the alliance, its members, and the local grain movement on the CGA website and in this article.
Category: Local Food, Farming & Fisheries