Support the Project
Dear grain enthusiasts,
The Mendocino Grain Project, in the manner of many small farming projects, was started with meager personal savings, lines of credit, a personal loan, and the generous support of a partner. The equipment necessary to begin and expand the project -- even used, smaller equipment -- has stretched personal resources and credit to the point that further expansion is impossible without debt relief or additional financing, even as demand for the grains and flours is growing. If the work of the Mendocino Grain Project inspires you and you'd like to watch us increase production of local grains for local use, we hope you'll want to support us.
Our "Wish List"
- Contribute cash to help us meet our regular expenses, which are presently a roller-coaster ride every month. Contributions are not tax deductible.
- Underwrite our facility rental, which is our largest single monthly expense.
- Support our much-needed apprentice by assisting with her nominal monthly stipend.
- Help us buy some of the equipment we need to expand our production (see our "Wish List" below).
- Offer us a low-interest loan to consolidate some of our high-interest debt.
- Buy a grain-share (of course!), or give the gift of a share to some
- Small bins ("grain tanks") for grain storage.
- A larger capacity grinder for making our cereal mixes.
- Fine-tuned weight scale
- Elevator "legs" to make grain handling more space-efficient.
- Specialized screens for our seed cleaner to improve the quality of our grains and legumes.
- A "flaker" mill to enable us to make rolled oats, rye flakes, etc., for cereals.
- Expanded space for storing grain, which means renting additional warehouse space at our present location.
- A shed for storing our combines and grain drills out of the winter (and summer!) rains.
Donations can be written to "Mendocino Grain Project" and sent to PO Box 1566 Ukiah, CA 95482
Our Bigger Dreams
The demand for local grains is growing more rapidly than can be currently met by existing grain farmers in our area. We need more grain farmers! What that means is increasing our capacity to serve these farmers with cleaning, milling and storage -- and even harvesting of grain crops -- beyond the dozen or so farmers whose grains we already harvest and clean and sometimes mill. This would mean investment of some "serious money" in equipment and facilities.
If you are interested or intrigued by any of the above, each item has a longer story, which I'd be happy to tell you. Please contact me personally by email (doug[at]mendocinograin.net) or telephone (707-621-0972) if you want to know more.
With gratitude for the grains,