The Community Grain Mill was launched at the 1st Birthday of the Blue Knob Farmers Market in July 2011, to which hundreds turned out in spite of pouring rain.
A variety of grains are miilled - here is the breakdown for 2011-2012:
The Mill is available for community use as follows:
7 days a week at Nimbin Organics, Nimbin. Ask at the front counter.
It will also travel to the Nimbin Agricultural Show, and local events.
The Grain Mill is owned and operated by NNIC, and was purchased in 2011 with funds provided by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as part of the Northern Rivers Food Links project.
Whole grains are available for purchase at Nimbin Organics, Nimbin Emporium at Blue Knob Farmers Market. You can grow or purchase your grain and bring it down to the Mill (must be fully dried).
All grains are milled at a cost of 50cents a kilo. (Seeds and nuts cannot be milled in this mill). We have a seed mill available for milling oily seeds, available as part of the Communuity Post harvest Equiopment Library. To access the seed mill, please join the Equipment Library.
Grain is our bio-region's highest food security weakness. We have identified the need to experiment further with growing grains locally to see if bio-regionally adapted plants can be developed. Trial growers will be able to access the mill to assist with this. We have also identified the need to improve grain storage capacity for our community. Rather than siloing large quantities of whole grain, which is problematic in a humid climate, locals will be able to instead store small quantities of whole grains at home (eg in 44 gal drums), in the knowledge that they will be able to access the community mill at a variety of locations to mill their own grains as they need to use them.
Milled grain has a very short shelf life so this will enable local access to significantly more nutritious milled products.
The availability of the Mill to the community will therefore faciliate access to nutritionally high-value milled grain products, will help to raise awareness of our Food Security issues and particularly our most significant vulnerability, will provide an incentive for locals to experiment with growing different types of grains, and will enable storage of grains across the community increasing our grain and food security.