The cost of raw materials for inputs in the picture above is around $6, $1/lb for wheat-berries and approx $3 for soil and fertilizer. Wheat berries are much more expensive if you buy them in the small packets, the bulk foods section is most affordable. $6 is a conservative estimate to include a portion of the overhead- trays ($3-$10), juicer (from $150-$400), utility rack ($50-$100). Each flat yields approximately 12oz. of juice, so 3 flats yields 36oz., 2oz of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 2.5lbs of leafy veggies (a bit ambiguous depending on the type of veggie, nonetheless it’s rich in nutrients). $6, a little space, attention, and time yields 45lbs of leafy veggies and good health. Urban farming is incredible.
Part of the benefit of purchasing a more expensive slow masticating juicer is the extended length of the oxidation process. I usually cut and juice the entire crop and try to finish it in 3 days (see chart). Another approach is to freeze a portion of it (after juicing) to preserve freshness, essentially leveraging momentum while you’re “in the zone” since it does take consistent dedicated attention which seems to be the biggest hurdle.
This is the only shop in Seattle that sells Azomite (last I checked), also it’s a fraction the price that you’ll find anywhere online, 44lbs bag costs $20ish
Here is the lowest price online retailer (after shipping and handling $55 per 44lb bag):
There is another product called, “Glacial Rock Dust”.
You can buy wheat berries by the pound in the bulk section at most health food stores (Wholefoods, PCC, etc)- they also sell it in packets but it’s remarkably expensive.
Here is the juicer I use. It a dual auger Juicer
http://healthnutalternatives.com/Green-Power-KPE1304-Twin-Gear-Juicer/M/B002LYHU74.htm (most affordable online retailer I found)
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