First Paddy Cut and HangingSeptember 17, 2012
This afternoon we had a class from Green Mountain College come out to the farm. After a quick tour around the farm we headed down to the rice paddy to do some harvesting. They didn’t have much time so we only had time to cut the top paddy. It was amazing how fast the rice was cut and bundled when 26 people were going at it. The variety we are growing stays on the stalk while it’s drying so I strung strung up some lines in the greenhouse to hang. After a week or too it will be dry enough to start hulling. We are working on a bike powered huller that should be ready by the end of the month.
We are going to try and cut as much as we can before the rain comes tomorrow. It should take us a couple of days to harvest and hang them ourselves. It’s nicer to harvest in the cooler weather. Rice is quite an itchy plant and long sleeves and pants make for a much nicer time.