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Third Crops ideas from Minnesota

Leah Miller's picture

The Rural Advantage has a crop initiative that covers small grains and other crops that are environmentally sensitive to land. It is called Third Crops and the information about their work is found at They are focusing on promoting the interconnection of agriculture, the environment and rural communities. There are some resources shared that might benefit our discussion on Ohio small grains.

Small grains

Jeannine Snyder's picture

I am writing a proposal to get funding for a work-study student from the OSU/ATI campus to research small grains and provide summaries that would then hopefully be used as an information bank for producers. once I find funding and the right student for the job, I will spell out details.

Question about Spelt and Buckwheat De-hulling Processes

AppStaple's picture

Greetings. In the adventure of introducing and supporting alternative grain agriculture in Southeastern Ohio, I am now in the
processing infrastructure research phase, and I keep hearing that both
buckwheat and spelt require a special de-hulling process that is
somehow more complicated than other grains and pseudo-cereals.

Regulations for staple food processing and sales

AppStaple's picture

We are looking for contacts, agencies and reguations that oversee the processing, milling, storage and sales of staple seed crops like flour, beans, oil seed, oil, etc. If anyone can point us to the right people so we can start accumlating data and regs (i.e. weights and measures, state dept of ag, etc), please post a reply here.


Michelle & Brandon

Food Safety Bill passed in House, to the Senate in the Fall

Leah Miller's picture

The following is a brief summary of the House version of comprehensive food safety bill that passed in July. If you are involved in grain or livestock at farm level, direct marketing to farmers market, restaurants or grocery stores, you might want to follow what is in the House version and what is being proposed for the Senate version. A comprehensive food safety bill that gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) additional new authorities to take preventative steps to stop foodborne illnesses passed the U.S.

Update from the Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative-Harvest season

AppStaple's picture

I am going to try to do blog posts here and at other sites where we are part of an on-line community around regional food security and business. Here's a start.

Since we returned from a Permaculture Certification course on August 31, we've been busy getting ready for harvest and the opening of Shagbark Seed & Mill Co. We've been pushing to get our seed cleaner and mill in place in early October and equipment in place to harvest crops in the coming weeks.

NCAT/ATTRA features Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative as of today

AppStaple's picture

We are very excited that NCAT will post a feature article about the Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative for the quarter starting today. You can read the interview here. We'd love to hear from anyone who has questions, thoughts, contacts, ideas, dreams, recipes you want to share with us! We are out to build the collaborative far and wide!


Michelle & Brandon

Thank you Jamie Oliver for your Food Revolution!!!!!

OrganicFreshFingers's picture


Attached please find my un-professional “so long I needed to pull the plug on myself” rant/video!

I felt compelled to quickly tell Jamie how much I appreciate his work and how impressed I am with his courage and willingness to help our children with his Food Revolution.