Why the need to use a hammermill:

Not all the bean is edible

The pulp between the shell and the seed is the mos accessible part we use for food. The pith around the stone hard seeds has the protein rich material.

Home milling is not up to the task

Our popular home milling methods are just not up to the task, and most cannot crack the hard seed coats. In the past, Indians used special grinding stones and a lot of physical effort.

A Hammermill does a complete job

A hammermill can crush and grind both the pith and the seeds and discard the inedible debris in the same process.

The hammermill we obtained is perfect for our needs

With this heavy duty, yet easily transportable mill, we can pound the tough mesquite beans into the nutritious flour in less than an hour, and do it wherever we set up our Pop-Up Milling events.

 

Grow PHX Community Mill

So how does the program work?

Take a class

Learn: when and HOW to collect your beans, how to prepare them for milling, how to store them until they are milled, and where to take them for milling.

Harvest your beans

Follow the proper procedures to get healthy beans and prepare them for milling.

Get them to the Mill

Take your beans to one of our local events and let us mill them into a delicious, nutritious, flour.