After presenting his research, Adam surveyed the growers to determine which pieces of equipment it would be most useful to bring out of the dusty pages of the museum and back into use.
Among those chosen is a small-scale de-huller, the absence of which has long been an issue for the growers in our Llafur Ni network. In the next stage of his work, Adam will prototype a de-huller and, with a bit of luck and a lot of hard work, we will finally be able to process our Welsh oats this year!
It would be a real achievement for the Llafur Ni group to finally taste the fruits of their labours, after three seasons of bulking out these rare oats.
Adam's research, and the growers' enthusiasm for it, demonstrates the vital importance of having options for human-scale grain processing.
The industrialisation of agriculture has led to the invention of larger machinery in order to increase production. In response, crops have become more uniform and homogenous to fit the machinery.
Affordable, reliable small-scale machinery for processing smaller volumes of grain have largely been consigned to museums as a thing of the past, but their presence on the farm is sorely missed by modern, agroecological, small-scale growers.
The Seed Sovereignty Programme is hoping to address the urgent need to revive human-scale processing by providing research and prototype designs to everyone in our network free of charge.