Rob, I love it when you rant.
I spent all morning looking at small combines, treadle peddle threshers, and seed cleaning machines. I am not going to even attempt to do wheat by hand. I've spent 2 days in the barn cleaning broccoli, cabbage, zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, parsnips...the list goes on and I feel like I haven't even made a dent yet! And then I went into the long barn to start assembling canning jars.
So, in our budget there's a table top seed cleaner from seedburo, the mini batt from riecchardt and I'm still waiting for a proforma invoice from Vidhatindia. I ordered the catalog for Cecoco, and darn it this year, I'm going to be start collecting appropriate farm equipment
Mahaweli Agro Mech, (no website), Industrial Complex,
Thambuthagama, Sri Lanka ph. +94 25 2267212 www.vidhatindia.com
ph. +91 562 2242690 www.seedburo.com
I keep waffling between low tech, no power, and get 'er done and fast.
I also received your sorghum, thank you very much. I hope to be able to help you and Tom as much as I can.
Although I have delivered produce to restaurants, they have not proved to be reliable customers. My CSA is excited about the grain IF it can be ground properly before they receive it. My first grinding of the polenta was too coarse. I put yours in my coffee grinder, let me know how it is. www.riechhardt.com
Minibatt micro-combine 701-356-4020
I have inherited 20 dozen canning jars. They are taking on a life of their own. Each canning jar goes out and recruits another. I believe that these canning jars will somehow be useful to our
seed storage. If I can get my son to come up and get potato starts from Tom, I'm going to send you guys a bunch of these quarts. They are terrific for seed storage, and the way they are breeding, we'll have a never ending supply.
Leo (my spouse), had one of his scathingly brilliant ideas about seed storage. We have an old restaurant salad bar cooler in our barn (220v). I don't have 220 in that part of the barn, but Leo thinks that with some work, this useless hunk of junk could become a very good seed storage machine, freeing up both barn fridges for their intended use of short term vege storage for the CSA.
Not all of us are capital-starved...there's that one percent, now would be a good time for one of them to THINK about the future and invest in local farming/seed/processing.
I love your writing. It's always so well done. Thank you.