Peter Rashleigh drives a combine to harvest barley Monday on Lohbrunner Road in the Blenkinsop Valley. The grain will make its way to local pig and sheep farmers

Peter Rashleigh drives a combine to harvest barley Monday on Lohbrunner Road in the Blenkinsop Valley. The grain will make its way to local pig and sheep farmers

Saanich grain crop helps close local food circle

Barley harvested Monday, top, on Lohbrunner Road in the Blenkinsop Valley will make its way to local pig and sheep farmers, who will use the barley as feed for their animals. With a renewed interest in locally grown foods, grain production in areas such as the Blenkinsop Valley is once again becoming feasible. Saanichton Farm, which owns the combine, has been leasing land or working with landowners to grow and sell a variety of grains. Lentils, barley and other grains are being used to create locally-sourced breads and beer.

  • Sep. 8, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Barley harvested Monday, top, on Lohbrunner Road in the Blenkinsop Valley will make its way to local pig and sheep farmers, who will use the barley as feed for their animals. With a renewed interest in locally grown foods, grain production in areas such as the Blenkinsop Valley is once again becoming feasible. Saanichton Farm, which owns the combine, has been leasing land or working with landowners to grow and sell a variety of grains. Lentils, barley and other grains are being used to create locally-sourced breads and beer.