Interest in grains that can be grown by the home gardener or small scale farmer has increased significantly in the past few years. Reasons to grow your own grain for food include personal or family education, eliminating pesticide residues from commercial grains, improving your health by including ancient grains in the diet that are expensive to purchase but are easily grown and feeding chickens or other animals the highest-quality grains possible.
Many find that growing some grain at home is much easier than initially thought. Some grains need very little space and can be done in an existing garden, while adding space for grain can diversify and increases the amount of food that can be grown. We bring you some of the most nutritious, interesting and unique grains that are appropriate for the home gardener.
For other home-grown grains and edible ideas, please see our Corn, Sunflower and Sprouting Seeds section.