Glad for the talk about the Duborskian Rice, finally motivated me to plant mine yesterday. little late, but should still harvest by October.
To the OP's question, I think the only issue would be heat units during the growing season. You say Zone 8 and I think hot, sunny weather. But Pac NW is neither. I am zone 6, but have a warm growing season June-Sept.
I would think that if you can grow good corn, then short season dryland rice should work as well. Give it a try, not much to lose.
Plugs are just individual cell trays for starting seedlings, rather than a basic flat. I used a 128 cell plug tray. If you are unfamiliar, check out the seed starting trays at Johnny's Seeds.
The guest on that episode has been doing a ton of exciting research on the subject.
In this episode of the podcast we are joined once again by permaculture designer and entrepreneur Ben Falk. Ben joined me to talk about his experiments with growing rice in paddies in the temperate climate of Vermont. Topics of discussion include the rationale for working with rice, rice as a hydroponic nutrient management system, the role of animals in rice production, the advantages of using cheap oil to build rice terraces, the potential for tree crops, and the challenges of processing rice at the homestead scale.
Laura, thanks for that link. It's blowing my mind because I always wondered (having grew up in the Puget Sound area) if Wild Rice would grow there. Cascadian Wild Rice! I can't believe it. Now that I live in Wild Rice country (Minnesota) this small scale huller will prove really helpful.
I don't see why it also wouldn't work for oats, rice, barley.
Being a nutrition nerd, I can't help but also say phytic acid is a real concern when it comes to grains. Be sure to process all grains in a way that neutralizes the acid (soaking in acid, fermenting, etc.) before consuming in large quantities. Wild rice still contains phytic acid.
Greetings again ~ I am wondering if growing rice in Cascadia Zone 8 is possible and practical. I saw a presentation by Dave Boehnlein in which I learned that in modern japan, many families are growing enough rice for a whole year. Is anybody here growing rice? Is it worth the effort? What rice varieties work well here? What sources sell rice seed?
I would imagine it could be possible considering Ben Falk is growing rice in Vermont, and many others have started producing rice in Vermont and other Northeast states.
So the PNW could possibly be a good producer of rice as well. They grow wild rice in the Willamette valley of OR.
I think Matt Walker, has tried growing rice out on the Olympic Peninsula if I remember correctly but can't remember the results or if it was indeed him. And I can't locate the thread where I read it.
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