Barker's Creek Gristmill

  (Rabun Gap, Georgia)
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spring grinding

Spring usually brings a number of local farmers to the mill to swap stories and have a turn of corn ground into meal and grits.  We normally have seed for 12 or 13 heirloom varieties by this time of year.  This year we only have 5 varieties.  I sent 20# of seed of 4 different varieties to a mill in eastern North Carolina in the hope that he could find someone near there to grow some and to save the seed.  It has not rained all month and water at the mill is down and grinding is becoming slow.  I took two groups from school out, they were all in a 9th grade physics concepts class.  They seemed to really like the mill and had a good grasp with what was taking place. 

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