It can be boiled and eaten or ground into flour for most things you would use wheat flour to make. Pancakes, bread, pasta etc. It can even be fermented for beer and whiskey. It is gluten free so it's great for those with celiac disease.
The hulls can be used as filler for pillows or bedding. The leaves can be used in tea and even has positive effects in those with diabetes.
Don't leave buckwheat
out of your plans. Waiting for wheat, barley and oats to mature may not be an option. A crop of buckwheat
can hold you off until those crops can be harvested. I grow it for the bees and let the chickens forage through and get the seed.
On the downside, it can run rampant through a pasture if allowed to go to seed but that's an easy fix. Buckwheat
can also be planted in the pasture as forage or cut for hay at 1-3 tons per acre.