Heirloom = heritage?

In this case, we use the terms interchangeably.

What does heirloom even mean?

According to Merriam Webster: “Definition of heirloom: a variety of plant that has originated under cultivation and that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals.”

Are heirloom grains and ancient grains the same thing?

No. Ancient grains are older than heirloom grains, and even less modified. Heirloom grains are a product of traditional breeding methods, maintained by horticulturalists and farmers.

Is heirloom and landrace the same thing then? 

Check out our glossary article on landrace.

What is a big advantage of farming heirloom grains?

Crop diversity, contributing to biodiversity and leading to natural resilience. Also, the preservation of cultural heritage.

What are some examples of heirloom grains?

Öland Wheat from the eponymous Swedish island. Or Rouge de Bordeaux, Sonora, and Red Fife in the US. There are so many local varieties to explore!