What is whole grain?
grain wheat is the same as wheat seed. If it is a genuine unbroken wheat seed you can soak it and sprout it. The
end of the seed that produces the sprout is the germ. The thin, colored seed skin is the bran,
which is tasty, edible and a necessary part of food; it is fiber and it carries other foods all the way through the digestive
system without being itself digested. The middle endosperm of the wheat seed or grain is filled with starch
and protein which is the store of food for the new wheat sprout. The growing plant can only use this food store if the vitamins,
minerals and other plant nutrients are provided by the bran and germ. Similarly, people can only use the starch and protein
from wheat properly if they also eat the germ and bran at the same time, since these supply the needed nutrient helpers for
proper digestion and use for growth and energy.
Whole grain Sonora wheat photo
There have been some
profound thinkers and activists who see the way forward to combat climate change and cope with many of our agricultural conundrums.
The latest word is regenerative to include all those ideas, and the growing appreciation of the part that
animals and native grasses can play in a diverse rotation system that builds soil and conserves water.
Seis will be in Willits California on July 17, 2016 to present his experience of
regenerating his farmland, and to discuss how we can apply the ideas in California.
Colin Seis July 17, 2016
On July 30, 2016, Dave Miller with Roger and Larry Jansen and help from Doug Mosel will be dressing the 36 inch stones
on Dave's mill. Teng Vang will give detail on flour particle size distribution and in the afternoon there will be an opportunity
for hands-on dressing of the lands on small millstones.
Millstone Dressing Workshop at Millers Bakehouse, July 30, 2016
Please see our EVENTS & NOTICES for job listings that we hear about.
Two new recipes
have been added:
Bread Improver with enzyme active malt and vitamin C
Whole wheat tortillas / rotis
Whole Grain Connection has been marketing organic whole grain products for farmers, using a "tm"
designation for our "certification mark". We have added a "Grown & made in California" logo to this
certification mark. Products are now being sold with this new mark, which you'll recognize by the California poppy art and
the font. The beautiful California poppy artwork is by Margo Bors, an artist from San Francisco.
We can approve products for the use of this logo and prepare label designs for other farmers
selling their organic whole grains. Please contact us for further information.
Phytic acid is an important factor
in whole grain foods, because it binds with nutritionally valuable minerals in the grain, and reduces their usefulness. Fortunately
the enzyme phytase is also present in wheat and this will break down the phytic acid quite rapidly if the conditions are optimized.
Phytic acid and whole wheat flour - a discussion
Spelt and Emmer
We have continued to work with landrace spelt and emmer varieties suited to the Coastal and Sierra Foothill regions
Letter to spelt and emmer growers May 2013
From our archives
We've been in the news.
Mountain View Voice. January 27, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle. January 3, 2012