Growing grain- small scale experiments in cereals
We’re near to harvest of our grain crops on the farm at the mo. Farmer Paul sowed a selection of grains last autumn that we are planning to harvest by hand. Here’s what we got:
Were most excited about growing Old Burwell – an old and rare variety of wheat sourced from Brockwell Bake and being bulked as part of the British Isles Community Grain Association. As we are only a few miles from Burwell itself it should hopefully do some good on our land! Its a tall variety but has been standing well.
We’re also growing spelt, rye and oats:
For our grain processing its all very people-powered. Starting with using sickles or scything to cut the standing crop, we then tie up a bundle of crop into sheaves and stand in the field together in a stook to dry out if not already.
The sheaves are then easy to process on our pedal powered threshing machine which does a grand job of removing grain from chaff.
Then its up to us and our imaginations to winnow in any way we can and separate the grain from the chaff!
We’ll be doing this all again soon in the next few weeks, so come and join in! See our sign up sheet here.