A DIY grain harvest in Brandenburg in Summer 2022. On a little plot close to the Polish border, eight different crops are growing side by side, although not all lines are entirely straight. There is emmer and einkorn, spelt is messing with flax and a cat is sneaking through. Compared to the neighbour’s, this field is your untidy teenage bedroom. Now picture an old rattling thing threshing the field on the hottest day of the year — it’s Siggi, real name Fortschritt E 512, a combine harvester from GDR times. Siggi can handle small plots and old grain varieties. It is a project of technological sovereignty. Of rather depending on your neighbor’s DIY skills than massive corporations. Siggi is not efficient, but what does this mean anyway?
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