The dried beans are starting to fruit. Once the beans are full size we will cut the plants to let them dry. They will then be threshed and cleaned.
The project is directed by UC Davis professor Steve Temple. Steve Sandro from Rancho Gordo is advising www.ranchogordo.com. There are five varieties the aim is to see which do well in our farming system and then to see how we can dry and store them so that we can put them in your boxes this winter. Beans are grown on a huge scale and it often can be difficult to scale down the operation to a small farmer size. lets hope this years experience will prove to be fruitful.