Canvas Ranch, a 28-acre family farm in Petaluma, CA, received a $2,500 grant to purchase a grain dehuller to provide dehulling services to local grain producers. Grains are a key crop for small-farm diversification and sustainability: overwintering maintains soils’ water-holding capacity, and crop rotation helps control pests and diseases and increases soil biodiversity.
“With the help of the grant, we purchased the dehuller in the Fall 2016 and transported it to Canvas Ranch. We alerted local grain growers that it was available to use. We dehulled over 500 lbs of our Farro. We’ll continue to get the word out into the community. Our ultimate goal is to encourage the public to buy and use heritage grains in their diets.” ~ Deborah Walton, owner.