I was at the NOFA Summer Conference a few months ago there was a nice display of millet threshers that were being developed for use in Africa. Part of what was interesting about the display was seeing some of the iterations in design. I just found my note with a link to the website which explains a lot more about the project and the designs. https://hitmillet.com
Monday, November 30, 2015
It's been a while since any posts went up here, but I thought I'd add a link to a small photo gallery of small scale seed cleaning equipment that I put up recently - here.
Looking back at the posts on this site there are definitely some gems from Anthony and Jacob. There's also been a bit of resurgence in interest in this kind of stuff since the blog started so maybe I'll see if I can get some more posts out of some of the folks working on this stuff, soon.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
|A heritage wheat.|
My goal all along has been to build up a seed base of the best varieties so that I can eat some of the seed to see how they taste and what they might be suited for (pasta, bread, soup, etc.), and to have enough crop to seed mechanically with a tractor and a drill. The problem with my drill is that when you have so little seed, the cups empty quickly and a lot of seed just sits between the cups, not getting put into the ground. In the past, I've had friends ride on the drill and hand-scoop seeds into the cups as they empty.
|My friend Tim helping me plant a couple years ago.|
|Empty drill with oil cup attached.|
|Drill with oil cups attached, filled with seed.|
So my two heritage varieties are in the ground, it's rained, and now I wait for them to push through the soil. In the fall, I plan to use a small combine to harvest them, after which I hope to have enough to seed even more ground next year, eat some, and re-discover the valuable genetics and unique characteristics of these heritage varieties.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I was just sent a link to a video that I'll pass along. There are two different farm built small threshers and a simple demonstration of winnowing with a fan. Here in the Northwest it has been less than a stellar year for our dry beans and I'm not sure if we'll ever get a corn crop. Definitely one of the coldest and wettest on record. Hope it's better in other parts...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
It's been a while since we've had a post here but I wanted to let folks know about a field day up in Washington that's being put on by Snohomish County Extension - "From Field to Feed, Flour and Fermentation." Looks like a great event and you can find out more by going to Brown Paper Tickets.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I am honoured to be able to post on this blog. I can see that it may develop into a useful source of information for the growing number of smallholders who wish to venture into successful grain and pulse production on a small scale.
Aside from its resistance to various diseases I have found that it is a very early spring variety and seems to be fairly drought resistant. It is also very high in protein and we have had it range anywhere from 13.5% to 14.5% protein. The falling numbers have varied a little more but generally have been in the 330-350 range. It is a very suitable baking wheat with good dark colouring and a moderately rich taste. Not as dark and rich as something like Marquis or Red Fife, but still pretty good.