Tired of the ever-increasing prices of grain for your livestock? Or, do you long to grow your own organic grains for baking, and maybe for making flour to sell to your friends or a local bakery? Consider adding a Boaz mini-combine to your stock of homestead tools. This two-wheeled, 13-horsepower unit cuts, threshes and bags wheat, oats, rye, rice and more at a rate of about 1 acre per six hours.
The mini-combine costs $7,500, but you could bring down the cost per farm by joining up with several neighbors to buy one to share. Or, perhaps you could buy a unit and then rent it to other grain growers in your community. Read more about this small combine and watch videos of how it works.
Cheryl Long is the editor in chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, and a leading advocate for more sustainable lifestyles. She leads a team of editors which produces high quality content that has resulted in MOTHER EARTH NEWS being rated as one of North America’s favorite magazines. Long lives on an 8-acre homestead near Topeka, Kan., powered in part by solar panels, where she manages a large organic garden and a small flock of heritage chickens. Prior to taking the helm at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, she was an editor at Organic Gardening magazine for 10 years. Connect with her on Google+.