John C Daley wrote:I googled your question
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Try the google function yourself and see the rest perhaps.
Luke Mitchell wrote:Hi Mike,
It's interesting to hear that your primary motivation for growing grains is to produce carbon. I've not come across anyone else with that aim!
Have you considered hemp as an alternative? I don't know what the laws (and social stigma) in France is like on such a matter but it would be easier and likely more productive than grain. You wouldn't reap the same product but hemp seed is useful in itself.
As for grain processing, the most simple tools would be a sickle for cutting/reaping, a stick for threshing, a basket for winnowing and a mill for producing flour. The latter is the only expensive piece of kit.
This is an Indian-style millstone, although similar ones were used in Europe too. It's two heavy, round stones. The bottom stone is grooved to allow the flour to move outwards as it is ground. You might be able to find something similar at a flea market or sitting outside an old farmhouse - I bought one for £85 at an antique store in the UK (but I need to remake the wooden bearing block and handle as they were eaten by worm).
Alternatively, there are cast iron mills for cracking and grinding corn, wheat and other cereals. They can also be had for a bargain, if you're lucky. Over here people use the big ones as garden ornaments so they are often seized or overpriced. I'd like to find one, one day.
I've just had a quick search and you can buy table-mounted mills for small amounts of corn. Here is one example, without a price. That might be your easiest option.
Please report back with photos when you do grow/process some!
Cy Cobb wrote:I've not processed corn for baking yet, but am curious about it as well on a very small scale. I use cornmeal for staple foods like corn bread, corn dogs, hushpuppies, & catfish breading. So, I think cornmeal would be a good place for me to start.
I've been on the hunt for an old cast iron corn sheller, which are fairly common around here. However, like all classic Americana from my childhood, they now sit in antique stores and command a ridiculous price. I know they make new ones, but I have a passion for restoring old tools to be useful again. So for now, I just wring the kernels off the cobs by hand until I find the right deal.
I haven't looked online yet, but I would think there should be something out there for the hobbyist to start with. I've seen manual crank coffee grinders & small electric ones that hold about a cup at a time, so it shouldn't be too far of a stretch.
As we approach late summer here, I see several mature seed head producing weeds that make me think they could be used as a foraged wild grain. I don't know the species, but if I ever got some free time, I'd ID them & explore that.
From what I hear, hemp is one of the most underutilized plant fibers around.