Here's a gem. The wheat harvest starts 3:00 minutes in. Good video quality. Watch it full screen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb4QYOHV8i8&feature=endscreen&NR=1
I am often told, "but you can't mow a whole field with a scythe." Well, people used to, and still do in some parts of the world. I'm the only scyther here on my farm, so I just mow small sections at a time. But I am always amazed at how much grass gets cut in a day, when I teach a scythe workshop, with 6-12 mowers. When they all go home at the end of a workshop, and I have to tedd and process all the hay that they cut, all by myself, it can be quite overwhelming. Here is a lovely little documentary showing how large fields can be mowed by hand.
June 22, 11 AM - 7 PM, Location: MOFGA, Unity, Maine
Poster, Information and Registration: growseed.org/landrace.pdf
Join us to discover little-know landrace biodiversity and share practical skills for restoring landrace grains.
Landrace wheats evolved for millennia in low-input fields, before the Green Revolution cultivars were bred with dependence of agrochemicals. Today’s organic farmers and gardeners are seeking the old wheats with richer flavor, and greater potential for adaptability to organic systems, but lack training in on-farm selection. Consumers seek richer flavor and safer gluten*. Participants will receive elite landrace seeds, that yield higher in organic soil than modern wheat, but are not yet commercially available. The seeds were selected by the Heritage Grain Conservancy, the outcome of three years of on-farm organic trials funded by SARE. List: growseed.org/catalogue1.pdf
Schedule 10:30 Registration
11:00 Will Bonsall - Small-Scale Grain Growing Basics - Pre-Seminar Intro
12:00 Brown Bag Lunch
12:30 Glenn Roberts - Why Restore Landrace Wheat <ansonmills.com>
12:45 Dr. Tom Payne - On-Farm Conservation of Wheat Biodiversity <cimmyt.org>
2:00 Gary Nabhan - Restoring Landrace Wheat
3:00 Round-Table - Strategies for In-Situ Conservation and On-Farm Trials of Landrace Wheat
4:00 Ellen Mallory, NE Bread Project <sites.google.com/site/localbreadwheatproject>
4:20 Mark Fulford - Building Living Soil <teltanefarm.com>
4:40 Eli Rogosa - Evolving Landraces in Organic Systems <growseed.org>
5:00 Team Goals, Roles and Responsibilities
5:30 Potluck Dinner - Bring your Home-Baked Breads to share!
For further information contact Eli Rogosa: growseed.org*
Presence of celiac disease epitopes in modern and old hexaploid wheat varieties: wheat breeding may have contributed to increased prevalence of celiac disease* Hetty C. van den Broeck · Hein C. de Jong · Elma M. J. Salentijn · Liesbeth Dekking · Dirk Bosch · Rob J. Hamer · Ludovicus J. W. J. Gilissen · Ingrid M. van der Meer · Marinus J. M. Smulders http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2963738/pdf/122_2010_Article_1408.pdf
Just saw this very interesting scythe video series on YouTube, posted by Almwirtshaft Probably more interesting if you speak German, but a lot can be learned from the visuals.
About Almwirtschaft ( I'll translate this later):
"Almwirtschaft in Österreich ist seit jeher stark von Brauchtum und Tradition geprägt. Vieles davon ist mittlerweile aber in Vergessenheit geraten und somit unwiederbringlich verloren gegangen.
Um diesem Wissensverlust Einhalt zu gebieten, wurden traditionelle Handwerkstechniken in der Almwirtschaft in mehreren Kurzfilmen für die Nachwelt dokumentiert und stehen nun via Youtube einem möglichst breiten Kreis zur Verfügung."