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Each season, we face the dilemma of which seed to produce and what has to wait for another year.  Our seed bank is full of interesting cultivars with mouthwatering names and great histories that we want to keep in (or restore to) commercial production.  We are growing over 350 cultivars on the farm this year,

Do you have a favorite plant family? Polygonaceae, the buckwheat family, comes close for me.  I love the colorful tapestry that wild buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.) makes of the hillsides in California as the pink, white and yellow blooms open and age to a deep red.  Cultivated buckwheat (Fagopyrum sagittatum) is one of the most dependable

I really like cleaning grains by hand.  Both the satisfying ruckus raised by the clanging of threshing chains against the sides of a five gallon bucket, and the meditative process of screening and winnowing away the chaff, as people have done for millennia.  The Bere barley I’m cleaning this morning is possibly the oldest grain