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Sif's Wheat, Part 1: Harvesting in June

The Wheel of the Year is different for me than it was for the ancient Northern Europeans. I live in the Mojave Desert in southern Nevada. Part of respecting nature is respecting local conditions rather than trying to stick to what a book says should be because that's the way the ancestors did it. 

Last December, as I related in my blog post Planting Heritage Wheat for Sif, I planted locally adapted arid-lands wheat in a small garden area dedicated to her. Here are my results. I harvested this wheat in early June. 

Picture: newly harvested wheat sitting on a bottle wall I built, which is inscribed with Sif's name in runes. 

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners. An updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path, is coming in 2020 from Red Wheel / Weiser. Erin was sworn to Freya as Priestess in 1989, given to Sigyn, and is a Bride of Odin and his brothers (Honir, Lodhur, Loki.). She has been a freelance writer for about 30 years, was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, is gythia of American Celebration Kindred, and admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. In 2010 and 2013, she ran for public office. She is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press for 5 years, created the Heathen Calendar 2017 and 2018, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Thursday, 09 June 2016

    I've never tried growing wheat before; though I did try growing sweet corn one year, but it looks fine to me. The real proof is in the taste, do you like the flavor of the bread; or noodles, you make. Will you try the seed saver thing, where you save some of your home grown seeds to plant next years crop?

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Friday, 10 June 2016

    Hi, thanks, I haven't ground and baked it into bread yet. At the moment it's on the table as a display for Sif. I'm posting a pic of that in Part 2. I am planning to save seeds. In fact, about 10% or so of the crop wasn't ripe yet when I harvested this, so I left that standing, and I'm planning to have that be the seed to save. I harvested it by hand so it was easy to just not pick the green ones.

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