One cannot live on vegetables alone! Despite their importance in our diet and relative ease in growing, few gardeners grow any grains. While most backyards lack the space needed for growing a year’s supply, you might be surprised to find out how much you can grow in a relatively small space. Growing grains can add diversity to your backyard crop rotation and provide numerous opportunities for family food and fun.
For many years, we have incorporated small-scale winter wheat production into our youth education programs. During this garden-scale grain workshop, participants will learn several methods of threshing, winnowing and milling winter wheat. If weather permits we will plan next year’s winter wheat crop. Other topics include pollination, seed-saving, wheat-grass juicing, and much more.
Participants should wear clothes suitable for farmwork, and bring work gloves. Participants will bring home a resource handout on world grains and some winter wheat seeds to plant. The registration fee is $30 per person. This particular Saturday morning workshop is open to adult participants AND accompanied children ages 8 and over. All workshop attendees must register.
All workshops will begin in the Yellow Farmhouse at the Prairie Crossing Farm, located at 32400 N. Harris Road in Grayslake. Enter Prairie Crossing via Route 45 at Jones Point Road and follow the signs to the Farm. Free parking is available in the small parking lot just past the Yellow Farmhouse.