Compared with vegetables, growing small grains organically is challenging. It is tricky to control weeds. As well, planting and harvesting generally happen at wet times of the year (April/May and September) which can lead to soil compaction and damage if using heavy equipment. If you don’t have a combine, the grain has to be harvested, threshed, and winnowed. Sometimes it has to be dried, and then stored. To save seed for planting the following year, the grain has to be cleaned and graded. How do you do all that on a small scale?
A group of people got together at Abundant Acres to share ideas and look at small-scale grain techniques. I will update soon with more content, but for now, here are a few photos from the day. If anyone else has photos from the day, feel free to email them to me, and I’ll post them.