Time to introduce myself…

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July 31st, 2009 by Chris

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Hello Urban Grains!

After a wonderful and engaging farm visit, where we got a chance to mingle with our golden grains, as well as each other, I thought it was time I officially introduced myself. In the months to come, I am going to have a more upfront presence with Urban Grains both here on the blog and in the field.

My name is Chris Hergesheimer and I am one of the members of the Urban Grains organizing team. Last winter, I had the pleasure of meeting with Martin and Ayla while working on my MA thesis. When they first shared their vision for Urban Grains, I was immediately struck by their incredible energy and commitment to the project. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with them during the formative months of the CSA and I am excited to be transitioning to a more visible role.

Who am I? Well, I am a sociologist and a micro farmer, a father of two children and the owner/operator of a small grain milling business known as “The Flour Peddler” (www.theflourpeddler.com). I live in the forested foothills of Roberts Creek, a small village on the sunshine coast, just a forty-minute ferry ride away from West Vancouver. I currently assist with the coordination of our local fruit tree project here on the sunshine coast, write music, work as a research assistant for a social economy research group based in BC and Alberta and help represent and organize Farm Folk/City Folk’s Grain Chain Project, a recent initiative of which this inspiring CSA is a key component.

As harvest time approaches, I am going to be stepping into a more central role, helping to keep you updated with the happenings of our local grain. My hope is to share some of the things I have learned over the years studying grain in south western BC, as well as learn from all of you valuable lessons about community, collaboration and engagement when it comes to re-creating food systems on our own terms. Grain activist and author Sharon Rempel told me that in western society, grain is a powerful symbol of regeneration and that if we are looking for a common thread in the movement, it is that we are a changing society. Urban grains is part of that change and the symbolic power of grain, flour and bread cannot be overlooked.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to the next couple months when we’ll be harvesting, milling and (hopefully) eating our local grain.

3 Responses to “Time to introduce myself…”

  1. Amber Says:

    I’ve bought flour from you at the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market, so I’m glad to ’see’ you here, too. I look forward to hearing some of your insights and getting some more updates on how the grain is doing. :)

  2. Tyler Says:

    Your efforts are encouraging – from a distance up her in the Central Interior. If you have any pointers to research or history of grain growing up here in beef cattle territory, I’d love to hear it.
    I’ve got my 5 tiny ‘recreational grain’ beds in my garden :) I’m sure I’ll get one loaf of bed of it all :)

    Keep up the exciting work!

  3. Sylvain Martel Says:

    Hi Chris,
    I think I met you at the slow food festival in Vancouver last spring. I am glad Martin and Anya pass the project over to you. While they have done a great job and we all gonna miss them very much, it is comforting to see the reins passed over to someone already well involved in local grains. I am also hoping to see more CSA opportunities with other grains.
    Welcome on board, while I haven’t seen you at the Vancouver Markets, I will keep looking out for you and say hi ☺

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