We have ordered our sifter! It has been a smooth process and there’s a lot of interest in our baking community for the sifted flour. The cost of freight for the sifter has increased from the initial quote (but it’s not insurmountable).
We have roughly outlined a schedule of interviewees for our Bake the World a Better Place instagram live series.
We also attended GrAiNZ in Daylesford where we got to chat with bakers about our sifter and discuss how we can best move forward as a collective in the local grains space. Out of this event, we have decided to set up an internship model on our farm to encourage young people to explore grain growing and milling. At this stage we anticipate we will seek funding to pay for an interested individual to come and work on our farm for 3-4 days at a time over different periods throughout the year. This will allow the individual to experience sowing, crop maintenance and harvest, as well as the different aspects of the flour mill. Farmer Incubator is keen to explore this model with us and to also look into a program that would allow a group from Melbourne to come out and see what we do at different points through out the year. We understand that grain growing is viewed as inaccessible for young farmers but we’d like to challenge that assumption, demystify the process, and open a dialogue around how young farmers can address issues around land access and capital for equipment/infrastructure, etc