Screens are some of the most essential tools for small-scale seed cleaning. These five screens - 2 mesh (strands per inch), 4 mesh, 8 mesh, 16 mesh, and 32 mesh - are effective for cleaning seeds ranging in size from amaranth to beans on a homestead or small farm scale. For most types of seeds, we recommend pouring the seed harvest over two sizes of screens: one to separate out the larger chaff, and one to separate out smaller chaff and dust. Screening generally complements winnowing and threshing, but can also be effective on its own. See our our Growing Guides page
for further seed-saving instructions, and our About us pages
for more on how and why we support seed-savers. This set of screens is affordable in part because of how little space it takes up. Comes with instructions (also available here as a pdf
) on how to use screens, and how to build a frame that screens can easily be moved in and out of, making for easy cleaning. Avoid small cuts by wearing rubber or leather gloves to handle unframed screens. Screens are hand-cut to 11 in. x 11 in.