A History of farming for change...


Our roots began back in the early 2000's with the cleaning and hulling of the ancient spelt. The operation was setup as a local co-operative organization of enthusiastic growers & farmers on Tony van den Tillaart's Armstrong farm - the current site of today's Fieldstone Granary.

With time, three of the original co-op members plus another individual formed Fieldstone Granary and began by purchasing some of the co-operative's equipment. Today, Willem Roell and Tony van den Tillaart are the remaining partners. Initially attracted by the immediate need of a local cleaning/dehulling facility for their own farming operations, Tony and Willem eventually were approached by other farmers - both large and small - that wished to grow organic ancient grains, seed, legumes and other consumable products. Many of these co-op famers & members continue to grow products for Fieldstone.

Being farmers for many years, Willem and Tony share the publics' growing concern about the use of chemical and GMO (genetically modified products) surfacing in our food supply. Willem and Tony see opportunities for a variety of organic crops due to the favorable Okanagan climate and relative isolation from contamination of GMO crops. It is with this understanding that today they to encourage local farmers to adopt organically certified standards and to try new crops.

 

Milling crops locally just makes sense for both the farmer and consumer; lessening the environmental foot print; bring consumer and farmer into closer contact, lastly decreasing costly transportation fees. They feel it is a Win/Win/win situation for the consumer/farmers/and Fieldstone.