‘The Organic Grain Grower’: A Great Guide to Growing Grains

Learn how to cultivate and process many types of grains in Jack Lazor’s excellent book, “The Organic Grain Grower.”

| August/September 2014

The Organic Grain Grower Book Cover

"The Organic Grain Grower" by Jack Lazor is a thorough resource for small-scale grain growers in any area.

Cover courtesy Chelsea Green

At one time, every community in the country produced its own grain. The reasons why such communal grain self-sufficiency disappeared are many, ranging from cheap shipping rates to exhausted soils. But with renewed interest in local food systems, grain self-sufficiency has become a hot topic.

Although written with a focus on growing grains in New England, Jack Lazor’s new book The Organic Grain Grower is the best resource we’ve seen for small-scale grain growers everywhere. The book covers necessary equipment and cultivation techniques for many types of crops: corn, wheat, barley, oats, rye, spelt and triticale, buckwheat, soy, dry beans, and oilseeds. Lazor describes himself as “a grain-processing nut,” and his passion comes alive in this fine guidebook’s depth of detail.

Buy this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Organic Grain Grower.

Robin Mather is a senior associate editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS and the author of The Feast Nearby, a collection of essays and recipes from her year of eating locally on $40 a week. In her spare time, she is a hand-spinner, knitter, weaver, homebrewer, cheese maker and avid cook who cures her own bacon. Find her on Twitter, Facebook or .

mother earth news fair


Oct. 21-22, 2017
Topeka, KS.

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!