• Domnul James

Easter Monday Moară Appeal

Updated: 19 hours ago

A stone grinding mill for Copșa Mare

This wonderful photo by Vlad

Copșa Mare's flour mill closed down some 30 years ago. Villagers wanting to grind their corn and wheat these days must travel at least 30km, and so most do not bother. People have stopped growing wheat, and the maize is all used as animal feed.

We intend to establish a very small, not-for-profit mill in the village, and in this way hope to make the community more self-sufficient. Easy access to a stone grinding mill will encourage villagers once again to plant Eight Row Flint corn seed, which makes the best cornmeal for mămăligă (polenta), and perhaps to sow wheat, and to bake their own bread in a wood-fired oven made by a local builder in the village. This would reduce the village's dependence upon industrially produced bread delivered every morning in vans, which goes stale within a day or two.

We are hoping to raise the money to buy a small tabletop mill from among our friends and visitors. We have found just the mill, a robust tabletop stone grinding mill from the Danish mill manufacturer ENGSKO, tailor made for small farm shops, large households and suchlike. You may download details here.

The advantages of this particular mill are its size, the fact that it can be used non-stop without the stone grinders heating up and spoiling the meal, and a 1.5kW engine capable of operating on a single phase 220V power supply. But the mill is not cheap. The price is just under EUR3000.

For our part, we shall build a small house for the mill in the grounds of our house, and supply the electric power to run the mill. The cost of the milling will be kept low, enough to cover the cost of employing a neighbour to operate the mill, and the electricity consumed. We intend to have the mill up and running in time for this year's harvest.

Since starting to publicise the Moară Appeal on Easter Monday, we have already received pledges of EUR1350.

If you would like to make a pledge to support our efforts to buy a stone grinding mill for the village, please mail for details.


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