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Growing Buckwheat #3 - Tehachapi

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM

The buckwheat farm is slowing coming together. We have no tools, except a few shovels. The patch of land has been plowed entirely by hand.  Man power can accomplish a lot.  Of course, I eventually want to get a tractor but I don't even know how to drive a lawn mower so we will see.

The weather is definitely getting cooler but I am going ahead and sowing the seeds to see which buckwheat grows best. I have never done any planting of this scale so I was intimidated by the sheer possibilities that this land offers but once you get started, it's all about making plans and putting them into action. 

The land is very hard and dry because it's never been irrigated before.  I have plenty of well water to irrigate the land.  With some water, it will get a nice makeover.  The rains helped loosen up the soil. It was a blessing.

I sent pictures to my advisor Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills.  He liked the look of the soil  

One small step in growing food, feels like one big leap in life.


Categories: Growing Buckwheat/Making Flour, Tehachapi Ranch Life

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