EARTH DHARMA FARM

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Most of the flour you find in grocery stores is made from varieties of grain that have been bred for easy mechanized harvesting and processing. Unfortunately, gains in mechanized efficiency have come at the cost of protein content, taste and nutrition. Fortunately, the older “heirloom” or “heritage” grains grown by our ancestors are still available thanks to the many individuals and organizations that have saved seeds.

In 2009, we planted about 70 varieties of heirloom grain obtained from the USDA’s National Small Grains Collection, the Whole Grain Connection, and the Heritage Grain Conservancy. We are growing these varieties out and will begin selling seeds in the fall of 2013. To our knowledge, we will be one of only a handful of commercial sources of organic heirloom grain seed in the US and Canada. Most of the wheat varieties that we will sell lend themselves to growing in the cooler climate of the northeast US, and are ideal for making bread. Varieties we are growing out include:

Winter Wheat
Fultz, Goldendrop, Harvest King, Jones Fife, Kanred, Michigan Amber, Turkey

Spring Wheat
AC Barrie, Champlain, Defiance, Einkorn, Ethiopian Blue Tinge, Huron, Komar, Ladoga, Marquis, Polish, Red Fife, Reliance, Supreme, Thatcher

Barley
Burbank Hullless, Excelsior Selection, Faust, Himalaya, Scot Bere, Sheba, Volga

Oats
South Dakota Selection 5, Terra, Vicar

If all goes as planned, you will be able to order our seeds in late fall 2013. Please email us (heather@earthdharmafarm.com) if you would like to be notified when our seeds are available.