Encouraging home gardening and seed saving since 1986

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.

Baton

Baton is a newer cultivar, bred by Dr. Vern Burrows, Canada’s foremost oat breeder. It is a few days later than Terra, with a bit plumper seeds. It seems to thresh out more completely than Terra.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Vicar

Vicar was developed in Winnipeg in the 1940’s and was the first licensed hulless oat variety in Canada. A mid-season to late variety. Named after George MacVicar of Portage la Prairie.

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Price(s): $3.00
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Yung 492

Yung 492 is a Chinese cultivar with plump kernels and a good yield.

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Price(s): $3.00
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Bere

Bere has 6-row blond bearded heads. It is apparently the oldest barley cultivated in Europe.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Warrior

Warrior has fat 6-row heads with unusual beards which are folded like a grasshopper’s leg.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Peru Cebada

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

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Black Alberta

Black Alberta is short and early with black heads. It is a 6-row barley.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Blackheart

Blackheart is also short and early with black heads but it is a 2-row barley. Blackheart also has darker beards than Black Alberta.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Hordeum Zeocrithon

Hordeum Zeocrithon is apparently a different species than common barley. It is upright and very tall for a barley and is 2-rowed with long bearded heads.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Ethiopian

Ethiopian has large dark brown pointed seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Excelsior

Excelsior has attractive purplish bearded seed heads and purple seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Special Mix

Special Mix contains purple, grey, and blond seeded varieties.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Black Hulless

Black Hulless is a very short, only about 2’ tall, 2-row barley with black seeds. The heads are dark but not black with lighter beards.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Hordeum Nigrinudum

Hordeum Nigrinudum (nigri=black, nudum=naked) is a 2-row barley of normal height with black heads, beards and seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Blond Millet

A proso millet with blond heads and seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Bronze Millet

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

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
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 FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 5 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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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