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Where can I find hull-less barley seed?

Posted February 16, 2007

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Dear Jeff,

I wonder if you can suggest where I might find hull-less barley seed, in quantities scaled for a large home garden (i.e. a pound of two). I've tried searching on Google, and produced loads of interesting information but no seed sources.

Nancy Wygant


Dear Nancy,

Thanks for the email and the questions on hull-less barley seed. There are several places that I think might have the type of barley you are looking for; however there may be many more. Bountiful Gardens, Prairie Garden Seeds, and Fenton Seed Farm up in Canada might have the seed you are looking for. If not they may know of other sources.