Thursday, August 7, 2008


Joel harvested his barley this week. He grew a 15 foot row of Tibetan hulless barley which he got from a fellow Seed Savers member. He and his friend Steve of Nootka Rose Farm, also on Waldron, are interested in experimenting with small grain growing. He says that if we are going to eat locally he doesn't want to give up bread. We could definitely live on vegetables, potatoes, eggs, chickens and sheep, but bread is pretty special. We have made our own corn meal in the past from Painted Mountain corn. As well as the barley he has a 60 foot bed of Red Fife wheat, an old Canadian variety which does well on Vancouver Island. That's the wheat bed behind him in the upper picture.

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