Alfalfa on small plot (or other grain suggestion)
I would greatly appreciate any advice given! I have a sunny section towards the back of my property about 30 x 60. I just read Eliot Colemans suggestion about growing Alfalfa for the compost pile. The first part of my question is this: I would like to improve the soil with a crop that would provide some food for my chickens and straw for my garden paths/coops/compost pile. What crop would you recommend? Is this enough space to provide decent yeild? Lastly, how would I go about harvesting this size plot? I'm assuming the grains are the tops and the stems would require a second cutting and drying for straw. Please advise. I was hoping to plant a fall crop sometime in Aug.
Thank you and sorry for the lengthy post.