Brock McLeod and Heather Walker, a 20-something couple from Vancouver Island, are taking community supported agriculture to a new level. For $65, McLeod and Walker will lease you a 200-square-foot slice of Makaria Farm, their 10-acre organic spread near the town of Duncan, in the fertile Cowichan Valley. They'll also give you a grain seed of your choice, seminars with guest experts, and basic infrastructure support, including irrigation and tools. ("Yes, we have a scythe!" notes the website.)
When you’re done with their program, you’ll have grains that can be milled in your own food processor to be made into bread, and you’ll “also have enough know-how to start your own micro-farm the following season anywhere you have soil and sun.”
I think this is so cool. I’d love to do something like this. I really didn’t think it was possible to grow grains without having acres and acres to do it on, but apparently it can be done on just 1/40th of an acre. It’s estimated that with just that much space, you can grow enough wheat to make one loaf of bread once a week for a year.
If you want to get in on McLeod and Walker’s program, you’ll have to wait. The original 50 spots went quickly and now there is a waiting list.
Question for you. Has anyone reading this ever grown grains in your backyard or on your property? Did it work out for you?
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