Emmer / Faro (Organic)
A delicious and nutritious grain, this awned wheat relative has a tightly wrapped hull that is difficult to remove, needing specialized equipment (or maybe just a blender). The hulls make it especially good for brewing beer, and it is also great animal feed. For some techniques on dehulling emmer and other ancient grains, check out this Extension webinar. We encourage experimentation and would love to hear about your results! Aka, Farro.
Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.
Direct sow in weed-free, well-prepared soil September to October, or during a dry spell in early spring. Optimal seeding rate is 20 seeds per square foot, best sown 10 seeds per row foot in rows that are 6″ apart for ease of cultivation and harvest. Emmer is usually very frost tolerant. Fertility and irrigation needs are very low if you have decent soil.
Harvest and Seed Saving
Harvest for grain or seed saving when seeds are dry and plants are no longer green. Dance, rub, or flail seeds from seedheads. Winnow to clean in front of a fan or steady breeze. Isolation distance is unnecessary for this self-pollinating grain. Save seed without worries.