Saturday, November 20, 2010

Before the rains, we harvested Amaranth seed....

Before the rains, we harvested Amaranth seed.....

Nilah separates the chaff from the seed of the Amaranth plant.

Amaranth is a high protein grain from South and Central America. It grows very well in our poor soils and is relatively drought tolerant.

Ah ha! We've created conditions conducive to critters!

A Lesser Goldfinch visits regularly to the farm for a lunch of fresh sunflower seeds!

You can also eat the leaves- a simple recipe is to saute some onion and garlic in a pan and then add the washed leaves. The water sticking to the leaves is enough to cook them- and they're delicious!

1 comment:

  1. Ah Miss Julia, we are celebrating the saving of seed with you up at Amaranth Urban Farm. Your post just popped up in one of my keyword searches for the farm- what a lovely coincidence. Nicole was sooo excited to hear from you and learn of all the wonderful things you're doing! See pics of the farm @ and on facebook. I hope we get to see you in person soon...