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Growing Grains at City Farmer

This year, Maria experimented to see if she could grow wheat, flax and quinoa at our Vancouver Compost Garden, and she succeeded. The wheat and flax were purchased from a local seed company, Salt Spring Seeds. The wheat varieties are named Red Fife, Marquis, Kamut and Blue Tinge Ethiopian. The flax is named Golden Flax. The quinoa was purchased from a local organic bulk food store.


Visit Salt Spring Seeds here.


1 UrbanWorkbench { 08.24.09 at 6:12 pm }

Last year we grew and harvested red fife wheat, hulless oats and amaranth on our “urban farm” in Castlegar, BC. Imagine a man beating an old pillow case full of grain with a baseball bat one day, then separating the chaff in the basement using a hairdryer and a bucket.

It was a fun experiment in the realm of “possible” but hardly practical compared to other backyard foods. We get the bulk of our grains from the Kootenay Grain CSA – not from our backyard!

2 jillrob { 08.26.09 at 11:50 am }

I’m experimenting with naked oats this year too. Despite their lack of attire, there’s still a bit of work involved in getting at the grain. I hope you’ll post your techniques for getting to a useable grain. Thanks!