Homegrown Grains: The Key to Food Security

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 29 May 2009 10:59:12 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Gene Logsdon of Chelsea Green Publishing via AlterNet - why you should grow your own grains, and how much space you need to do it.

My friend didn't believe me until I showed him, step by step. We cut off a couple of armloads of wheat stalks, flailed the grain from the heads onto a piece of clean cloth (with a plastic toy ball bat), winnowed the chaff from the grain, ground the grain to flour in the blender, made batter, and fried pancakes. Topped them with real maple syrup. Sweet ecstasy. My friend forgot all about his tomatoes. The next year, he invited me over for grain sorghum cookies, proudly informing me that grain sorghum flour made pastries equal to, if not better than, whole wheat flour. Moreover, grain sorghum was easier to thresh. I had not only made another convert to growing grains in the garden, but one who had quickly taught me something.

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