Tag Archives: GRAINS

Tombstones, Mummies, Vomit-toxin and Beer?

Tombstones, Mummies, Vomitoxin, – three words that are not readily associated with a crusty loaf of bread or a frothy glass of beer. In truth, these are four words used when discussing a common plant disease which can threaten cereal … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about growing ALL your own food.

    I have spent a lot of time over the past 20 years pondering the idea of growing all my own food. Within the last couple of growing seasons, I have attacked this idea with a new fervor, having … Continue reading

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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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Growing Amaranth In The North

Now that my seed has all been dealt with, securely stored away in my seed-room in the bacement. The gardens have been put to bed for the winter, and all the firewood has been chopped and stacked. Finally I can … Continue reading

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Ready to take Seed Orders

I have finished adding the bulk of the new crop offerings to my website.  Most of the main “staple-crop” seed varieties from last season are again available after a sucessful, yet challenging  year of  planting and harvesting. If you check out the … 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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Now at the Goshen Farmers Market

I am now selling our seed packets at the Goshen Farmers Market. I am there on Saturday mornings from 8 – 1.  All the seeds listed on this website are available, plus I will also have a few rare varieties … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts About Our Local Foodshed

I would like to share some ideas regarding our local food production here in Northern Indiana. When I think “local”, I am usually visualizing Elkhart County, but these ideas can be considered for all of Michiana. Northern Indiana is a great place to garden … Continue reading

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