Grains are among the easiest crops to grow and can be a new adventure for the home gardener. Many need little processing after harvest, and they bring a different kind of beauty to the garden. Learn to grow the grain for your bread in your own backyard. While growing grains isn't any harder than growing vegetables, there are enough differences that a good basic book on the subject is very helpful.
We offer what we think are the best books on grains and using grains. If you are a beginner, our own booklet, "Grow Your Own Grains: Raising, Harvesting and Uses" will get you started. Two good beginner books are "Small Scale Grain Raising" and "Homegrown Whole Grains." For serious grain growers, and commercial growers, the recently published "the Organic Grain Grower: Small-Scale Holistic Grain" is the ultimate reference on growing grains organically. "Flour Power" explains how and why you mill that grain into foods like bread.
Of course our own, "How to Grow More Vegetables…" embraces grains as an essential part of a sustainable garden that provides complete garden sustenance. The charts on things like spacing and such are very helpful.
Or try your hand at designing and growing a complete small-scale diet in your backyard, using our book One Circle.