Grain by Grain
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"A compelling agricultural story skillfully told; environmentalists will eat it up." - Kirkus Reviews
When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family’s farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. In the beginning, his concern wasn’t health or the environment; he just wanted to make a decent living and some chance encounters led him to organics.
But as demand for organics grew, so too did Bob’s experiments. He discovered that through time-tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he could produce successful yields—without pesticides. Regenerative organic farming allowed him to grow fruits and vegetables in cold, dry Montana, providing a source of local produce to families in his hometown. He even started producing his own renewable energy. And he learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, one that was proven to lower inflammation rather than worsening it, as modern wheat does.
Ultimately, Bob’s forays with organics turned into a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. In Grain by Grain, Quinn and cowriter Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground, show how his story can become the story of American agriculture. We don’t have to accept stagnating rural communities, degraded soil, or poor health. By following Bob’s example, we can grow a healthy future, grain by grain.
"A compelling agricultural story skillfully told; environmentalists will eat it up."
"In the age of start-ups and tech crazes, it might seem counterintuitive to call something as ancient as grain 'revelatory.' Nevertheless, Bob Quinn's quest to recapture the value of our food system through grain is just that—a revelation. Liz Carlisle and Bob Quinn have unlocked the key to kickstarting change—Grain by Grain is one big kernel of truth."
Dan Barber, chef/co-owner, Blue Hill, and author of "The Third Plate"
"Farmer and plant biochemist Bob Quinn's passionate story makes it impossible to go on farming (or eating) as usual. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand why our food system is so unhealthy and how we can fix it."
Daphne Miller, MD, author of "Farmacology: Total Health from the Soil Up"
"Long before anybody heard the term social enterprise, a few untrained businesspeople started small, unconventional companies to solve problems for their neighbors—and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. This is the story of one such entrepreneurial effort, which demonstrates how a green economy rooted in regenerative organic agriculture and renewable energy can help rebuild struggling communities in rural America."
Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia
"A compelling personal story that takes the wind out of the war on wheat and charts a course for getting rural America off the agrochemical treadmill."
David R. Montgomery, author of "Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life"
Prologue by Liz Carlisle
Introduction: Food on the Cheap
Chapter 1. Roots and Growth
Chapter 2. Better Farming through Chemistry?
Chapter 3. Beyond Commodities
Chapter 4. Going Organic
Chapter 5. King Tut’s Wheat
Chapter 6. Growing Partners
Chapter 7. A Cowboy in Europe
Chapter 8. Creating a New Standard
Chapter 9. The Value of Limits
Chapter 10. Taste of Place
Chapter 11. Recycling Energy
Chapter 12. Bringing Rural Jobs Back
Chapter 13. The Gluten Mystery
Chapter 14. Food as Medicine
Chapter 15. One Great Subject
Chapter 16. Rejecting the Status Quo
Chapter 17. Conclusion: A New Generation of Growers and Eaters
Join Berkeley alum and Lentil Underground author Liz Carlisle and organic farmer Bob Quinn for a launch of their new book, Grain by Grain. When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family’s farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. He learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, kamut, and he went on to found a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. Hear Bob Quinn’s compelling story, and how his regenerative agriculture practices can serve as a model for growing a healthy future, grain by grain.
Followed by a reception featuring ancient grain and upcycled grain snacks.