Monday, December 8, 2014
Book Review - Small Scale Grain Raising
Since it is not only Winter, with many days I can't get out and get things done but also shorter days when I can it has been time to catch up on some of my neglected reading.
I am also about to the point in this organic, sustaining, small farming adventure that very soon, maybe even this coming Spring, I intend to start seriously putting effort into growing all our own grain for the livestock. Of course I will never be able to produce enough to feed the useless horses but as they age and since we did manage to get rid of two of them this last year, I have noticed they no longer make use of the back pasture area. This gives me a few acres to play with to start attending to the feed needs of the sheep.
Let me tell you this book is one any serious small scale farmer, prepper or sustainer needs to put on their shelf as soon as possible. The author (Gene Logsdon) has put some serious effort into not only explaining how to grow these grains on smaller plots of land, but how to dry it properly using old traditional methods as well as newer ones. Tools many of us are too young to have even known about but were priceless for small plots are covered, as well as techniques and other traditions.
This book has given me an endless supply of ideas and methods I intend to put to good use over the next few years. It is all geared towards smaller equipment like older lower horse powered tractors or even no fuel powered equipment at all. Even a home gardener will find a wealth of information in this book.
Who knows maybe you will even find the coveted red ear of corn too. If you read the book you will understand.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!