If you are interested in traditional harvesting – using scythes - then this course will be useful. If your interest is academic you can explore how wheat and rye was harvested in the past in Hungary. If you reap your own grain – or intend to in the future – this course will show you how it has been successfully done for generations of Hungarians.
Learn How to Harvest Grain with a Scythe
Traditional Harvesting Techniques via Modern Online Teaching
This is a mix of my own analytical skills with the experience of my father growing up in eastern Hungary where using a scythe was a normal life skill. I break down the topics into teachable units and he shows how it is done. Reaping is filmed on location in Hungary with help from family, friends, and the local Kertbarátkör.
The course includes both PowerPoint teaching segments and video demonstrations of the techniques and an actual harvest.
There are four sections (Introduction, The Scythe, The Harvest, The Wrap-up) with over 15 lectures plus quizzes.
This course is also available in Hungarian.
The crop, the gear, and the people you will need to harvest grain by hand.
How to sharpen your scythe blade using a hammer and anvil by both theory and demonstration.
A quick summary.
A list of people that made this video possible.
A few Hungarian harvest folksongs.
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