Tag Archives: Small Scale Production

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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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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