Wow did we underestimate the labor involved with this project! It is one thing to plant the wheat; its a whole ‘nuther thing to cut it, thresh it, and winnow it!
Next year we WILL have a scythe. The field is 70 x 70 which is bigger than most suburbanite homes. We are cutting the whole thing down with a hand sickle which means being bent over and cutting the stalks off at ground level. We managed to get half down and then it started to rain. So now we have to wait for the field to dry before we can do the other half.
Because we have yet to put up a barn for critters and hay and such (the barn we have right now being for equipment), the hay is stacked in our basement on tarps. From there we thresh it (the removal of the wheat heads from the stalks) and then it will be winnowed (removing the “shells” of the wheat berries by letting wind carry them away), leaving us with the end result: whole grain raised with no chemicals, no synthetic fertilizers, and no pesticides.
I planted the field with 25 lbs of red spring wheat. It will be interesting to see after all is said and done, if we harvested more than what we sowed.
The wheat field:
The harvested wheat:
The farmer with his ass in the air! HOT!
The foot powered (treadle powered) thresher:
Zina hard at it: