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Monday, August 8, 2011

Future of Food: Perennial Grains

Weeding the "wheat plot" as we call it yesterday morning reminded me that I have not yet shared another aspect of what we do with our time out here on the farm. Our little farm in Skull Valley is participating in a nation-wide trial of perennial grains for the Land Institute in Kansas. We're on the map!
The Jenner Farm Director, Tim Crews, has devoted many years to investigating perennial grain crops, and gave us the chance to learn about this new research. We received paper bags full of spindly wheat clones in the spring, direct from Kansas. The aim this year was to establish the plot, and further research will continue next year. Established it has become! From one thin blade of grass, we now have clumps of wheat.

Perennial wheat showing delicate yellow pollen in mid-July.

I have very little experience with the ins and outs of perennial wheat, but here's the gist: Perennial grains are unlike our current annual agriculture in that a farmer does not plow them under each year, but rather leaves the plants in place and continually harvests from them each year. Perennial grains mimic nature's tendency toward perennial plants. Benefits include lower fossil fuel use, from eliminating the yearly plowing, and lessened soil erosion.
For further explanation of this research, click here.

2 comments:

  1. Food is life. We have unvarying tendency to over produce profitable items due to our greed but under produce what is really needed. We have to replace greed with need. We should grow diverse perennial vegetation. Annual grain monocultures should be replaced with polycultures of perennial grains and oil seeds.
    Nalliah Thayabharan

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  2. Wheat raises blood sugar higher than most of the other foods. 4 slices of whole wheat bread raise blood sugar higher than 12 teaspoons of sugar. That’s a simple fact as per the table of glycemic index.
    Almost all wheat in USA is from a dwarf strain, which produces a far greater yield but has contributed to the current obesity epidemic.

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