What's New At Sustainable Grain
 
  • Please join me in welcoming Liz DePape, Sustainable Grain's new Business Manager, and first official employee. Liz brings over ten years of experience in supply chain management, organics and management consulting. She is passionate about regenerative organic business opportunities, and loves working with farmers. 
  • Liz has started managing our reserve farms, and supporting customers with organic certification. Anyone wishing to discuss these or other issues with Liz, please feel free to give her a call at (204) 470-4915. It's great to have you on board Liz!

Current Bids

Sustainable Grain is building customer relationships with new and established buyers of organic food crops, who use our professional team for origination. 

This week, we are actively looking to buy the following:

  • Organic chickpeas
  • Organic spelt, 2018 and 2019
  • Organic feed barley at $6.50-7/bu
  • Organic feed wheat at $9.50-10/bu

Please contact Brenda Tjaden directly at brenda@sustainablegrain.ca if you have interest in selling. 

Market Commentary

The organic spelt market has been very quiet for a long time, since the much larger-than-expected 2016 harvest, but there are signs it may finally be coming to life. Consumption of bakery items from ancient grains has been and continues to grow in North America, increasing the volumes required by flour mills.

Organic feedgrain prices are steady to higher this week, which might not last if and when harvest picks up. We expect there has been some amount of downgrading of crop left out in the fields over the past month, and that there will be a pickup in farmer selling in the weeks ahead. 

Pulse markets can be spotty for organics, but more so for lentils than for peas and chickpeas, which have deeper and broader end use applications as food ingredients, both in North America and overseas. Generally, organic lentil values are weak currently, while pea demand is steady to higher.

What's the 'Best' Way to Break Land?
An Invitation for Community Engagement
 
A common conundrum for those of us working in regenerative organic cropping is the question of if and how to expand cultivation into unbroken land. There's a cringe-worthy point in almost every conversation around the impact of breaking up grassland, removing trees and filling in wetlands. These are practices that may work against the principles of regenerative agriculture, but they are also often necessary for an organic farm to be economically viable.

Like anything, there are bad and less bad approaches breaking up grassland, for example. What are the techniques being used that allow for a crop to be grown and also minimizes disturbance and disruption of the natural biology in the field? How are we currently farming around wetlands and what measurable benefits are being observed from doing so? And with all the research coming out now around the benefits of silvoculture (adjacent production of trees and crops), how can it practically be incorporated into farms in western Canada?

One of Sustainable Grain's reasons for existing is to bring this type of knowledge to light. If you're on this mailing list, we believe you have some of the answers. As you digest the information in this week's report, please give some thought to engaging with us and each other more openly, by chiming in Sustainable Grain's facebook page with your ideas, questions and feedback around the questions above. 

Regenerative organic farming is an extremely powerful new movement, but is it ever hard to implement, right?! As a community, a critical part of our work to bring regenerative organic farming into the prevalent place it deserves in society, is by sharing our knowledge, helping each other turn failures into feedback and successes into strategies for the future.
 

We're happy to help.

Have further questions? Drop us a line by emailing our founder, Brenda Tjaden at brenda@sustainablegrain.ca or visit our website at sustainablegrain.ca

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