The first consists of 6 larger plots, approximately 4 x 175 feet. Thursday saw the planting of three types here: Sonora, Red Fife, and Glenn. The process was simple, and went very smoothly. The land at Maggie's Farm is traditionally used for planting greens, but has recently been used for grazing chickens. The soil is called "rich sandy loam." It has been organically planted for 23 years, and although it is not certified organic, only organic products are used there. Before this, it was used for tomato planting, and before that, lay fallow for some time.
The first thing we did when we arrived was to mark out the plots. This was done using small flags bearing the names of the varietal and the planting date, set in the ground surrounding the plot containing that type of wheat. Each row was approximately 4' by 175'.
The next step was to rake and hoe the land into furrows. The first plot—which would eventually be planted with Sonora—was tilled into long rows, stretching the length of the plot.