I was looking through pictures from December and found some from when I made tamales with friends. They live on a rice field and were explaining the process of getting it from plant to table while we filled sacks with the sun-dried grains.
After the labor intensive process of combing the field with a pair of scissors, and cutting by hand the grains from the rest of the plant, the grains are laid out on tarp to dry in the sun for a week. This will cause the debris to fall off the grain as well as making it nice and dry for the next step. Large sacks of rice will now go to a factory in town where, for $8 a sack, it’s milled to remove the husk and bran layers. Now the rice is ready to be stored and cooked. Sounds simple, but hours and hours are spent in the sun collecting those grains! Still, how amazing to be so close to your food, watching it grow and having the sweet satisfaction of eating it after all that work!