Triticum aestivum Most wheat varieties offered to gardeners and small farmers are bred for and adapted to the prairie-type soils of the Upper Midwest. They are generally not as well-suited to the moister forest-based soils of the Northeast. Sirvinta is an awnless hard red winter type collected in Estonia (named after a river in Lithuania) where soils and climate are more like New England’s. Originally brought to Maine in 1998 by Raivo Vihman who passed it along to Will Bonsall, Sirvinta has steadily gained a following with those who promote restoration of Maine’s historical status as a grain producer. Maine bakers have found this variety to have superb qualities for bread. 21 seeds/g. ①
4330 Sirvinta Winter Wheat - Organic
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Our grains selections are rare heirloom varieties especially chosen for small-scale production. Revived interest in food security and sovereignty inspires us to seek edible and heirloom grains. In the early 1800s Maine was the breadbasket of the U.S. Wheat and rice do not demand huge space and can be threshed with a little ingenuity. With good fertility, proper spacing and reasonable diligence, it is quite possible to harvest 10 lb of heirloom wheat from 100 plants in a 10x10' plot. A 100' row of rice can yield 6–10 lb.
Larger-scale growers and farmers, those seeking larger quantities of more mainstream varieties, or those looking for cover crops should check out the Organic Growers Supply list of Farm Seed.