Great Big Ideas & Takeaways:
- Join field corn freak Hank Will as he walks you through the process of raising, harvesting, using and storing this “a-maize-ing” crop on a homestead scale.
- Discover how heirloom flint, flour and dent corns are much more versatile than sweet corn—and arguably more practical in the garden or small field plot.
- Learn about varieties that have short growing seasons, are highly drought tolerant, are excellent for grinding into flavorful cornmeal and flour. And more!
- The best hand tools for cultivating, hilling, and planting corn.
- Income opportunity? How to start a side business growing beautiful ornate corns.
About The Speaker:
Hank Will (Oscar H. Will III) currently serves as the Editor-in- Chief for Mother Earth News, as well as Editorial Director, all brands, for Ogden Publications. He is a business leader, academic, and agricultural practitioner devoted to conservation and small-scale, sustainable agriculture.
Hank’s small-scale, high-cash-flow farming experience spans more than four decades with projects as varied as native perennial plants and heirloom laying chickens. His current project, Prairie Turnip Farm in rural Osage County, Kansas, is home to a direct market Highland beef, Will’s landrace lamb, and a small broiler business.
Will has authored or co-authored seven books and hundreds of articles, and he enjoys maintaining the open-pollinated corn varieties his great-grandfather developed. In his spare time, he enjoys making Finnish-style puukko knives.
QUESTION: Have you ever tried growing corn? What varieties? Did you get the crop you were expecting? What went right or wrong? Leave your thoughts below!