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Recently I listened to Nicolas burtners free lesson on victory gardens. It was a good listen for new gardeners and I suggest you check it out.
During the lesson he suggests growing einkorn wheat for 1/40 of an acre. It looks that in that 120 sq ft you could reasonably attain a crop yield of about 40 lbs. That's all from google as I've never grown wheat but it seems like a good choice because my wife has certain wheat allergies and it looks like a 5ft tall plant that grows in small spaces and creates a lot of green bio mass would be a good permaculture plant.

My hesitancy comes from all I've read about hulling these older grains. Is there a readily available technology for hulling that won't break the bank or does anyone have any ideas for a diy hulling machine for smaller amounts of grains that would be feasible for accessing the nutrients within?

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I really want one of these

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Clay Bunch wrote:... he suggests growing einkorn wheat for 1/40 of an acre. It looks that in that 120 sq ft ...



One thousand sq ft = 1/40 of an acre?
 
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Thanks scott I believe that is a mill for making flour. From what I understand einkorn has an additional step to processing that modern wheat does not. Hulling being the step between threshing and milling.
 
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Clay Bunch wrote:Thanks scott I believe that is a mill for making flour. From what I understand einkorn has an additional step to processing that modern wheat does not. Hulling being the step between threshing and milling.



I didn't know that, I guess I should read up on it.
 
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It looks like a challenge but it's doable. Looks like einkorn, spelt and emmer are all in the same boat when it comes to Hulling.  Farmers growing the stuff are spending a lot of money to purchase machines.  This is all I could find for the backyard enthusiast.

"A third dehulling option, which is better suited for smaller-scale growers and those who want to experiment with production and test markets before investing in expensive equipment, is to modify or use existing equipment or to build a dehuller. Several growers report success in dehulling ancient wheat using burr mills in which one or both of the burr plates is replaced with rubber—essentially turning the mill into an abrasion dehuller. Debearding and roller machines can also be used to dehull. Finally, a couple of small-scale dehuller prototypes have been built for which design and construction information is available. (See “Additional information” box.)"

excerpt from this article. Dehulling Ancient Wheat

It looks like this guy modified his grain mill to dehull.

 
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I have an old hand crank burr grinder.  That's a great idea. If it proves successful I'll post some pictures.

Leave it to lehmans to have the answer!

It looks like two rubber plates making an abrasion grinder could be less complicated than my original ideas. That would be a great bit of open source appropriate tech for farmers following the trend of these grains.

Thank you so much for your help scott
 
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Clay Bunch wrote:I have an old hand crank burr grinder.  That's a great idea. If it proves successful I'll post some pictures.

Leave it to lehmans to have the answer!

It looks like two rubber plates making an abrasion grinder could be less complicated than my original ideas. That would be a great bit of open source appropriate tech for farmers following the trend of these grains.

Thank you so much for your help scott



You are welcome, Clay.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
 
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