This is a one-man farming and milling operation with occasional help from friends, volunteers, and some paid help. I grow grain crops using organic methods and materials and mill some into flour or meal in my own stone mill. Currently everything is grown on a fifth-generation farm in Wheatland, California where there is abundant flat land. The flour mill is in Grass Valley.
Who Does the Farming?
My name is Reed Hamilton, and my wife Judy and I have lived in Grass Valley for 25 years and are the parents of two adult sons who grew up here. I have been in business here for all of that time, though I returned to farming just two years ago. We have a wide circle of friends here and a strong commitment to our community.
I began Grass Valley Grains in 2007 as a way to provide a source of wholesome, locally grown grain and grain products to local consumers. I chose to grow grains because I grew up on a grain farm and because I love bread, which seems such an elemental food. I am committed to growing food in a way that builds the soil and produces nutritious crops without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. I want to educate people about the properties of what they eat and the many grain crops that are available besides wheat. I want my customers to be a community of friends who share an understanding of what it takes to produce this food.
What Are The Crops?
Most years I grow one or more of wheat, rye, oats, barley, corn, teff, and other grains. In my stone mill I can make flour or meal from just about all of these, or they can be used whole or cracked. During the drought years I sometimes buy organic grain from other area farmers to supplement my crops.
How Can You Buy Grain?
I sell grains, flour, and meal in bulk from the mill and to Flour Garden Bakery, Briarpatch Co-op, Produce Express, Next Generation Foods, and Tahoe Food Hub.