Originally, grains such as rye and oats were planted as cover crops – crops planted not with the intention of consumption but with the intention of protecting the soil during the winter months from water and wind erosion, and to be incorporated into the soil, adding organic matter.
In the fall of 2010, we sowed barley, rye, and wheat for consumption, and in the spring of 2011, we planted oats. In the summer of 2011, we harvested our first crop of grains for human consumption. We have since incorporated buckwheat, millet, sorghum, and rice into the rotation. In our grain fields, we add flowers, mainly red poppies and blue bachelor’s buttons, which add diversity to the crop and provide food for the pollinators and for the soul.