In 2007, Wholegrain Milling expanded, by taking on a complementary and exciting business, Demeter Farm Mill.
Demeter Farm Mill is a long established supplier of quality Certified Organic products for the food industry. It has enabled Wholegrain to provide customers with a much larger range of smaller packaged Certified Organic products (organic grain and flour) which complements Wholegrain traditional range of grains and flours.
Demeter Farm Mill uses Bio-Dynamic products wherever possible. If Bio-Dynamic products are not available, it uses, as a minimum, certified organic products.Bio-Dynamic agriculture conceives of the farm as an organism, a self-contained entity with its own individuality. Emphasis is placed on the integration of crops and livestock, recycling of nutrients, maintenance of soil, and the health and wellbeing of crops and animals; the farmer too is part of the whole. Cover crops, green manures and crop rotations are used extensively.
The approach also attempts to consider celestial (i.e., astrological) influences on soil and plant development and to revitalise the farm, its products, and its inhabitants. Seeds are planted at certain lunar phases. With the breakdown of natural plant growth conditions through forced farming methods, and deteriorating environmental conditions, a new agricultural regime became necessary. This new regime is achieved by the correct application of the Bio-Dynamic Method.