Sunday, July 27, 2008

Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow...

This past week we harvested one of our small grain fields. The grain will be used for seed for various "green manure" projects. Occasionally, we'll plant a field to small grains, let it grow a while, and then plow it down. The greenery adds nutrients to the soil, allowing us to bypass commercial, synthetic fertilizers. 

Anyone want to guess what the name of the small grain is, based on the photos? 

I have a hard time telling the small grains apart, so don't feel badly if you guess wrong. Hey, I know! Those who guess will have their name entered in a drawing for a set of sheep greeting cards (my choice) from Shady Side Farm. Those who guess correctly will have their name added in the drawing twice. Ready, set, guess! Drawing ends at 10:00 PM EST this Friday, August 1.


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