Heritage Grain Guidebook Reports Results of Trials

From 2016 through 2021, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance worked with a grassroots network of nearly 200 grain growers in varying climates, initially across the Western United States and eventually growing nationally and globally, in trialing over 250 varieties of ancient and heritage grains including Indigenous and alternative (pseudo) grains. Twenty of the most adaptive and resilient varieties of cereal grains, including wheat, barley, and rye, were selected for formal replicated research trials in the Mountain West. The Heritage Grain Guidebook, available free online, provides results of both the participatory grassroots trials and the research trials, including grower and grain profiles. It’s designed to inform and inspire others to grow these unique varieties of grains, and to support regionalized grain networks and localized food systems.