The Local Grain Revolution XII (Year 3 & Lopez Island Grain Project)

thelocalgrainrevolutionindexSince March 2008, Deconstructing Dinner has been tracking the evolution of the Kootenay Grain CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the interior of British Columbia. The project is Canada’s first CSA for grain and it’s been quite a while since we’ve checked in with how it’s evolved in its third year.

Also on this part 12 of the series, we learn about the many grain projects underway elsewhere in Canada and the United States, all of which have been inspired by this very Local Grain Revolution series! Specifically, we travel to Lopez Island, Washington, where one of those projects has completed its first successful year. In October 2010, Jon Steinman visited the Island to share the story of the Kootenay Grain CSA and learn about the Island’s very own.


Roy Lawrence, farmer, R&S Lawrence Farm (Creston, BC) – Roy is a third-generation farmer. Prior to the CSA, Roy had farmed using conventional methods but the CSA became an opportunity for him to transition to growing organically.

Joanne Gailius, farmer, Full Circle Farm (Canyon, BC) – Full Circle Farm began in Black Creek, a Mennonite community on Vancouver Island. In 1999, the family moved to the Creston Valley where they now farm on 40 acres where they maintain a family garden, raise chickens, turkeys, cows, fruit trees and Norwegian Fjord horses (which are used as work-horses on the farm).

Nancy Crowell, volunteer, KLOI 102.9FM (Lopez Island, WA)

Rhea Miller, assistant director, Lopez Community Land Trust (Lopez Island, WA)

O.J. Lougheed, seed saver, Lopez Community Land Trust’s Grain Project (Lopez Island, WA)

Kathryn Thomas, farmer, Horse Drawn Farm (Lopez Island, WA)

Links to Explore
Kootenay Grain CSA
Additional Audio