Organic rather than transgenetic.
Labor instead of chemicals.
Diversity in place of monoculture.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
emmer wheat is the focus here but we are starting with winter rye...the small crop was ready so i brought it in today as well...i imagine i will seed another stand in september however i left a few ears ( first and second photo s ) to shatter and seed themselves just to see what happens...the emmer crop was in two small containers...i had less than an ounce ( probably more like a quarter ounce ) of seed which didn't need much area...it was a small sheaf of grain ( third ) which, after i left some for display purposes and mailed some off to a good friend, left me with eighty-one ears of wheat...they are small ( fourth ) with very long awns...they are significantly smaller than dwarf syrian wheat ears ( fifth ) and do, in fact, produce the smallest ears of any of the grain i have grown this season ( sixth )...first domesticated somewhere between 9500 and 10000 years ago it has not been "improved" much...no artificial selection for larger ears or less tough and difficult husks...more a relict than a commercial crop, it is still around because it can produce a yield in poor soils ( not that the rich mixture of soil and compost i provided made much difference seemingly )...i will still use this seed to grow a larger crop next season and just today i found and purchased einkorn wheat seed so next spring will see the yard doubly ancient...personally i am all curiosity...next march will see the planting..stay tuned.
an industrial worker and university student (everyone needs a hobby...my hobbies have evolved and, to keep things straight, i have left my formal student career behind for reasons that are too detailed to delve into here...continuing to be a student of life however and not adverse to learning...stasis is death ) sliding down the back side of middle age...a social loner with collectivist leanings...explain that.