GRAINS & FLOUR

We specialise in old varieties of non-hybridised wheat, as well as ancient grains and non-GM maize. Our grain farming operation is currently in conversion to organic with Ecocert. We apply no-till practices with a focus on natural inputs and use no pesticides, fungicides or herbicides.

Growth methods include field preparation through a diverse mix of cover crops. This preparation mix is then put under high density mob grazing by cattle to add fertility and utilise the field instead of leaving it fallow, at the mercy of the Prieska sun. We employ green planting, seeding directly into the live cover crop mulch. Fertility and pest control is achieved through natural, biological applications, cover cropping and rotational cropping. We’ve added bat boxes to the farm to combat pests such as stemborer.

This drive to achieve the near impossible - growing organic maize under irrigation - was instigated and undertaken with the support and funding of Farmer Angus from Stellenbosch, who needed organic non-GMO maize for his outdoor laying hens.

Santa Anna’s, producer of fine Mexican and smoked food products, have also invested in the growing of organic maize for their next level tortillas and corn chips. James Moffett of Moffett Milling & Malting Co. and a very experienced farmer in organic growing has been invaluable as consultant and mentor.

 

Lowerland Whole Grains

HEIRLOOM. ORGANIC. STONEGROUND.

We've been growing small batches of heirloom and ancient grains in partnership with James & Vanessa Moffett of Moffett Milling & Malting. They've been farming and milling organic grains for over 25 years and are true pioneers and food activists. While the Moffetts remain involved in a mentoring and teaching capacity, we at Lowerland are picking up their flag to keep the superb taste and quality of nutritious, terroir-adapted, full extraction, organically grown stoneground flour and grains on the market. We recently brought their stone mill to Lowerland and we're now providing these unique products to some leading bakers, restaurateurs, brewers, chefs and shops. 

WHAT MAKES OUR GRAINS SPECIAL? 

  • They're organically grown (in the conversion phase of Ecocert's three-year organic certification.)
  • Unbleached and stored, handled and milled without any chemical additives or preservatives. To keep weevils and other eevils out, we store the grain berries with food grade diatomaceous earth, a natural compound that is sifted out before the milling process.
  • Full extraction means we mill the whole grain, including the nutritious germ which is usually removed in conventional mills to extend shelf life.
  • The traditional stone mill is a slow process that doesn't heat up the grains and thus preserves the integrity and nutrient value of the grains.
  • We mill fresh on order and deliver within days of milling.
  • Our organic, soil health based farming methods mean our unique terroir shines through in the grains. The bread, pap, pasta and other baked goods they yield are exceptionally delicious and nutritious.

 

 

GRAINS ON OFFER

This year's basket includes rye, Highland Hard Red wheat, the Lowerland Ancient Grains Field Blend (a blend of witwol wheat, khorasan, rye, hard red wheat and barley). Our gluten free range includes mielieblom (fine maize flour); polenta, familiemeel (maize pap) and teff. We do regular delivery trips along main routes (Cpt, Johannesburg, Bfn and Garden Route) and we're always willing to make a plan to deliver elsewhere. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates or email us for details and pricing. 

 

Maize

Our maize is currently in conversion to organic. Growth methods include field preparation through a diverse mix of cover crops. This preparation mix is then put under high density mob grazing by cattle to add fertility and utilise the field instead of leaving it fallow and to the mercy of the Prieska sun. We employ green planting, seeding directly into the live cover crop mulch.

We use only non-GMO maize cultivars and will be trialling open pollinated cultivars in the next growing season. Fertility and pest control is achieved through natural, biological applications, cover cropping and rotational cropping.

This drive to achieve the near impossible - growing organic maize under irrigation - was instigated and is undertaken with the support and funding of Farmer Angus from Stellenbosch, who needed organic non-GMO maize for his outdoor laying hens.

Santa Anna’s, producer of fine Mexican and smoked food products, have also invested in the growing of organic maize. James Moffett of Moffett Milling & Malting Co. and a very experienced farmer in organic growing has been invaluable as consultant.