Come Help Us Harvest the Barley
|We’ve had a great growing season and it’s time to begin the harvesting…|
Please come be a part of our old-fashioned way of farming and help us bring in our barley crop.
IMPORTANT UPDATES BELOW. READ ON FOR DETAILS.
To begin the process, we’ll be binding and stooking the barley. We have a few location/timing options, so you can come to one or all!
Once the binder makes the barley into bundles, we gather them and place them on their end. This process is called stooking and it allows the unthreshed grain to dry while protecting it from inclement weather – often ominous in Alberta.
Binding and Stooking Schedule
August 25: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Befus Farm – Open invitation (for the location, please call Terry)
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER (SEE UPDATES BELOW) – August 31: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eau Claire Distillery – Ticketed Event (please visit www.eauclairedistillery.com for more details)
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER (SEE UPDATES BELOW) – September 1: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bar U National Historic Site – Open to public
During threshing, the dry, stooked bundles are gathered by volunteers onto horse-drawn hay racks and brought to the 1920’s era threshing machine, where the grain is separated from the straw. Pitchforks are provided.
NOTE: DUE TO WEATHER ISSUES ON THE LABOUR DAY WEEKEND, WE ARE NOW GOING TO BRING IN OUR BARLEY CROP AND DO THE BINDING, STOOKING AND THRESHING ALL TOGETHER. SEE DATES BELOW.
September 14: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bar U Ranch – Open to the public
September 15: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Eau Claire Distillery – Ticketed Event (please visit www.eauclairedistillery.com for more details)
September 21: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Befus Farm – Open Invitation (for the location, please call Terry)
A field-side lunch will be provided for volunteers.
Some common questions
What do I wear? Barley beards are not like hipster beards – they’re rough and scratchy. So for the best experience, please wear long sleeve shirts, pants and gloves. Hats and sunscreen are also great protection against the sun.
Do I need previous experience? No, we just ask you bring a willingness to learn and a smile. A short safety briefing at the beginning of the day will give you the information you need.
What do I need to bring? No gear is needed for stooking and pitchforks are provided for the threshing.
Does it happen rain or shine? No, we are weather dependent and we don’t control Mother Nature. Check Alberta Carriage Supply’s Facebook page for the latest information.