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Grains/Cereals


Grains are members of the grass family that are generally grown for their seeds. Amaranth and quinoa can be found under “Other Seed Crops” as they are not grains, but are a seed crop. Following is a selection of varieties of grains and cereals Jim has collected over the course of many years. This collection started by accident, beginning with ones that were very decorative. Jim acquired different varieties from all over the place and before he knew it, he had discovered a little known passion for the diversity in, and history attached to, all these different grains.

Sepp Holzer’s Rye

Sepp Holzer’s Rye is an annual rye cultivar that Sepp Holzer uses extensively on his permaculture farm at a high elevation in Austria. It is sometimes called a perennial but only because it is allowed to self-seed. We seeded it in the spring and it only made a large rosette of leaves (grass) the first year, but it rapidly produced seed the second year. It can also be spring seeded and mowed or grazed, or fall seeded. The plants are tall and slender with slim bearded heads. The seed is quite dark.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Wild Einkorn

Wild Einkorn is an ancestor of einkorn wheats. It is a hulled wheat with flat tan/brown heads with long beards. Dehulled seeds are very similar to einkorn seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Bumper Triticale

Bumper Triticale also has large long bearded heads on fairly compact plants and it has smooth seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Alta Triticale

Alta Triticale has large long bearded heads with somewhat wrinkled seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Braunii #4970

Braunii #4970 is an oat with large loose inflorescence and black-hulled seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Triticum Ovatum

Triticum Ovatum is a hulled wheat with long blonde slender heads and long blonde beards.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Brown Teff

Teff is the basic cereal grain of Ethiopia. The tiny seeds are produced in very loose panicles on slender grass-like plants. Somewhat late maturing here. We are just beginning to grow Teff so have limited information on the two varieties we offer but apparently the brown seeded is the earlier of the two. The colour refers to the seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Black Tip

Black Tip is a short durum wheat with light coloured heads contrasted with dark awns.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Purple Wheat

Purple Wheat is a bearded bread wheat with purple seeds plants reaching to 4’.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Kleiner Nackthafer

Kleiner Nackthafer, German for “small naked oats,” is a bit shorter and more upright than our other hulless oats producing a lot of tillers per plant. The small seeds thresh very clean and are about one third the size of our other hulless oats. About 100 seeds per gram. We mistakenly listed the packet size in the paper catalogue as 10 grams but because of the much smaller seed we are actually offering it in 5 gram packets.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Avena Strigosa

Avena Strigosa has blue-green upright plants. The small black-hulled seeds weigh about 1.5g/100seeds. We mistakenly listed the packet size in the paper catalogue as 10 grams but because of the much smaller seed we are actually offering it in 5 gram packets.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Carvelle

Carvelle had shorter green upright plants. The shorter plump black-hulled seeds weighed 4g/100seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Red Rust Proof

Red Rust Proof was the shortest oat (along with Carvelle). Plants were dark green and somewhat less upright than Bell. The long blond-hulled seeds weighed a bit under 6g/100seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Bell

Bell was the tallest oat with dark green robust upright plants and large seed heads. The long plump blond-hulled seeds weighed about 6g/100seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Torch River

Torch River is a very productive hulless oats that came to us from a Seeds of Diversity Canada member in New Brunswick. There is a Torch River in Saskatchewan (near Nipawin), probably unrelated to the oats. Using our hand threshing methods, it is more difficult to thresh free of hulls than the other hulless oats we offer.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Perennial Rye

In the spring of 2009 Jim seeded a sample of perennial rye and had 5 plants grow, which remained in the vegetative state all of that year. The following spring all 5 plants began growing early and produced seed. They have grown ever since and are now self seeding. Unfortunately they are very subject to ergot and have not produced much seed. However, the last two years have been our best crops with only 5-10% ergot.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Dragon’s Claw Millet

Dragon’s Claw Millet or Finger Millet is a 2’-3’ annual with heads resembling a dragon’s foot. Very decorative but mostly grown as a food crop (millet), especially in Africa and Asia.

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Price(s): $4.00
Blonde Teff

Teff is the basic cereal grain of Ethiopia. The tiny seeds are produced in very loose panicles on slender grass-like plants. Somewhat late maturing here. We are just beginning to grow Teff so have limited information on the two varieties we offer but apparently the brown seeded is the earlier of the two. The colour refers to the seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Peru Cebada

Peru Cebada (means barley in Spanish) is a somewhat taller 6 row barley from Peru.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
T. Militinae

Triticum Militinae is a species wheat that has flat compact dark heads with lighter long beards. Seeds are longer, slimmer, and darker than modern bread wheat.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Polish

Thanks to some help in identifying our wheats, we now know that this is our only sample of Triticum polonicum, a sample we received from the gene bank. It has very long, very loose heads with fairly short beards and long seed, about twice the size of ordinary wheat.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Peru Trigo

Peru Trigo (means wheat in Spanish) is a sample of wheat from Peru that looks like a hard white spring type. Some variability in the plants but mostly bearded compact heads.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Canary Seed

Grown on a field scale in Saskatchewan for birdseed. Also, the compact heads on tall stems are used in dried arrangements.

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Price(s): $4.00
Foxtail Millet

Foxtail Millet has heavy compact dark brown heads. Plants are tall and erect, bending over when the heads are mature, and very little stooled out. Often seen for purchase as bird food still in the unthrashed heads.

OUT OF STOCK

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Proso Millet – Bronze

A proso millet with dark heads and red-brown seeds. Readily self-seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams, 25 grams
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