MAINE TALES: “AN AWFUL NICE FIELD OF BUCKWHEAT.” Grand Falls, New Brunswick CANADA. Circa 1987
The photo below shows Jim chopping down one of the nicest Buckwheat crops we have ever grown years ago one wet Summer. This ‘Maine Tales’ goes back decades and crosses the Border into ‘The Province.’ Caleb Megan & Jim
“No doubt our recurring nightmare of Buckwheat-weed-seed-paranoia traces back to one fateful Organic inspection we had thirty-five years ago. Today, we ought to be holding a party celebrating that this Spring we finally broke free of that Buckwheat phobia.
Forty years ago we were part of a group of farmers who met ‘across the line’ in Canada for monthly meetings in the wintertime, and field trips in the Summer. We called our group “SAVE” (“Sustainable Agriculture for the [St. John] Valley Ecosystem”). Sometimes a knowledgeable speaker would be brought in; other times, a local farmer would give a talk about some innovative practice she was doing.
Buckwheat, as the miracle soil-building cover crop that it is, got plenty of attention and deserved-hype from speakers and farmers alike. We were fluent and well-warned to chop and incorporate Buckwheat at 2% bloom lest early setting groats shattered to the ground and came back the next year as a miserable weed infestation in a valuable cash crop…”
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