Tag Archives: Staple Crops

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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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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Local Comfort Foods

Here are some basic staple foods that can be made in your kitchen using crops grown in the garden patch. Easy to grow and process by hand if you are willing to put in a little effort. The recipes themselves … 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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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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