Category Archives: Methods

Ancient Wheat and Heritage Barley

This last season I trialed out a number of spring-planted wheat and barley varieties. I want to compliment my existing winter wheat varieties with one or two spring-planted varieties. The logic being, if you lose the winter crop, you still … Continue reading

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Multi-Purpose Crops

  When I consider my favorite crops to grow, I always judge this question through various criteria. The obvious considerations being: flavor, yield, disease-resistance, etc. There are, however, many other qualifiers that sometimes get overlooked. The idea of dual or … Continue reading

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Millets and Multi-Cropping

I watched a short video the other day about traditional millet production in India. (You can watch it at the end of this post, it is about 25 min long)  I was saddened with this video’s portrayal of millet as a “shunned … Continue reading

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The farmwork moves indoors

Here it is the beginning of November, and the first major snow is forecast for early next week. I scrambled all day yesterday to wrap up my outdoor work in relation to all the seed crops raised this season. I now have all … Continue reading

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Year Without A Summer

All the crazy weather the last three years has got me thinking a lot these days about a cropping strategy to minimize the risks associated with late frosts, early frosts, drought, extended periods of rain and so forth. This is … Continue reading

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Putting grains to work in your garden

The idea of growing grain in a backyard garden is not something most gardeners would even consider. The common belief that efficient grain production requires large equipment, like combines and tractors, is not altogether right. A sizeable amount of quality, … Continue reading

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How we grow crops.

I want to take a moment to talk about the methods and techniques we use for growing crops on our property in Bristol, Indiana. I have always thought of myself as an “organic” farmer. Today though, the word “organic” has such a broad application that it is … Continue reading

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