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They're eating the lawn in Llanidloes

After Andy Wright from Llanidloes had completed his C.A.T MSc dissertation on local food entitled 'Can Llanidloes Feed Itself In Light of Peak Oil' he was inspired to get involved with helping local school children to learn more about where their staple foods come from before they find them on the supermarket shelves. Having spent the year creating a bakery CSA (community supported agriculture) and experimenting with sourdoughs and local traditionally milled grains to produce beautiful rustic ciabattas, mixed grain loaves. Andy and his wife Leanne had heard about the Bake Your Lawn

initiative (www.realbreadcampaign.org) when they visited a local water powered flour mill near Aberystwyth.

Bake your lawn is a national project sponsored by ? to grow wheat from seed on an area previously given over to grass lawn. Andy contacted Lisa Stead who runs Llanidloes Primary School's wildlife club and Eco Schools accreditation. Mrs Stead had already established fantastic gardens for her receptions class and raised beds for the other infant classes in the school and was delighted to hear from Andy and to get the children involved in with Bake Your Lawn.

Together they decided that the newly created raised beds directly outside the infant classrooms would be the obvious choice for pupils to sow, water and observe the wheat in each stage of its cultivation during the spring and summer months.

Andy planned to return to school in Autumn to assist with the harvest when hopefully the children of Llanidloes Primary will be able to use a hand operated grain mill to convert the resulting wheat grains into flour and to bake a loaf of home-grown bread.

 

(From The Real Bread Campaign)

Bake Your Lawn

 

Follow the Real Bread trail from seed to sandwich on your own doorstep.

 

Starting with just one square metre of ground and a handful of earth, our FREE grassroots guide will show you how to grow it, mill it, bake it, eat it.

 

Join the #bakeyourlawn conversation on Twitter.

Download the FREE grassroots guide here

http://www.sustainweb.org/publications/

 

Who's this for?

When?

How to get involved

Seed wheat suppliers

Funding and support

Mill it

Companions

Wheat diaries

Bake Your Lawn events

Links

Who's this for?

The guide is aimed at teachers, parents and other people who work with children who want to support them having fun in finding that Real Bread starts in a field, not a factory.

We’ve also included tips and pointers to further information for allotmenteers, would-be good-lifers and everyone else who wants to make getting a sandwich a bit more inspiring than a trip to the chiller cabinet at a petrol station.

When?

You can download the FREE pack NOW to plan for either the spring (late

January - late-April) or winter (October and November) sowing seasons.

Whichever sowing season you choose, your wheat should be ready to harvest from late July onwards, depending on the weather.

We’re encouraging people around the country to organise community harvesting, milling and baking days from August.

If you’d like to help bring people together this way, you can find (and add) details of public Bake Your Lawn activities on our events page.

How to get involved

Everyone - download the free grassroots guide and find out how to Bake Your Lawn

Seed merchants, farmers and millers - sell (or perhaps donate, in the case of schools) small quantities of bread making wheat seed direct to the public, either locally or by mail order

Farmers (and other landowners) - invite local people to help till, rake, and sow a small plot with wheat the traditional way. Then invite them back to follow the process during the year, from weeding, through to harvest.

 

Millers (and people with small domestic mills) - organise a community milling day in the autumn. Invite local people to bring the handfuls of wheat they've grown to put into a community grist.  This can then be milled for flour to bake truly local loaves Bakers and others with bread making skills - run lessons using the resulting flour to pass on your skills

 

Perhaps you could join with family, neighbours and other friends to build a communal clay/mud bread oven.

 

You can share ideas, and call for help or inspiration at the Real Bread Campaign Facebook page or using the #bakeyourlawn and #realbread hashtags on Twitter. Real Bread Campaign members can also chat in The Real Baker-e.

 

Seed wheat suppliers

 

Free wheat seeds for schools and youth groups

 

Sorry, but we are unable to offer wheat seeds for the winter 2011 sowing season.

 

For the 2011 spring sowing season, Trevor Cope Seeds and Organic Seed Producers kindly donated packets of wheat seeds to the Real Bread Campaign, which Bakery Bits distributed for us.

 

We received enquiries from over 220 schools and community youth groups wanting these seeds and will continue to publish pictures and wheat diaries they send to us.

 

For everyone else

 

Having contacted dozens of grain/seed merchants, farms, mills and enthusiasts around the country, the following are those that have told us they will offer seed wheat in small quantities.

 

Be Vital wheat seed in packets of 500g and above.  'Suitable for bread making and for growing organically.'

Grains2Mill - 'premium wheat from Yorkshire of a variety that has been grown with an increased sensitivity to the environment.' Available in an 8kg tub or 450g bag.

Kings Seeds - untreated winter wheat seed for sowing in September.

 

For more information call 01376 570000 or email

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Brockwell Bake Association - can offer small samples of heritage spring wheat varieties for sowing in March and April to a very limited number schools or community gardens (particularly in London) whilst stocks last.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

John Innes Centre - The Germplasm Resources Unit at JIC can offer schools small samples (up to 50g depending on availability) of the older types for their own use. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

If you offer bread making wheat seed in small quantities (e.g. 100g for mini-plots, or 1-15kg bags for larger educational projects) either for collection or by mail order, please email the details to us and we'll add you to this list.

 

Other places to search

 

OrganicXseeds - The official UK database of organic seed availability funded by Defra and managed by the Soil Association, working in partnership with FiBL and NIAB.  The website includes a list of licensed seed merchants and a list of available seed, sorted by type,

e.g. spring wheat and winter wheat.

Organic Farmers and Growers - Publishes a list of organic seed suppliers.

The Plant Varieties and Seeds Gazette - Special editions include a full list of licensed seed merchants.

 

Distributing wheat seeds without a license

 

If you don't have a seed merchant's license (e.g. you're a farmer or miller) but would like to sell/give seeds to a school for an educational project, please click here for advice.

 

Funding and support

 

Awards for All

 

As a school or voluntary community organisation, you might be eligible for a grant from the Big Lottery, if you can prove that your wheat growing project offers one or more of the following outcomes:

 

People have better chances in life – with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.

Stronger communities – with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.

Improved rural and urban environments – which communities are better able to access and enjoy. Healthier and more active people and communities.

 

http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/

 

Capital Growth

 

If your wheat plot is in a London borough, accessible to the local community ( this includes school grounds) and at least 5m x 5m, you could be eligible to register as a Capital Growth community food growing space. To read details of the funding, training, competitions and other support  Capital Growth can offer, click here.

 

More

 

You can find a list of other organisations that can support your wheat growing project in the Useful Books and Links chapter of our free Bake Your Lawn grassroots guide. Click here to download your copy now.

 

Domestic mills

 

If you can't find a community milling day near you, maybe a small domestic flour mill might be an option for you. Here are some suppliers:

 

(If you're skipping the 'grow it' bit of Bake Your Lawn, some offer grain that's ready to mill)

 

UK Juicers domestic flour mills

Grains2Mill  also offers 'premium wheat from Yorkshire of a variety that has been grown with an increased sensitivity to the environment.'

Available in an 8kg tub or 450g bag.

Lakeland manual grain mill (out of stock but told us that they will consider re-introducing if there's enough demand)

Brow Farm domestic flour mills and UK-grown milling wheat

WonderMill UK domestic flour mills

 

Companions

 

In addition to Bakery Bits, Trevor Cope Seeds, and Organic Seed Producers, the following national organisations are supporting Bake Your Lawn:

 

The Traditional Cornmillers Guild, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and The National Trust are all encouraging their member wind and water mills to hold community milling days. The Soil Association and Garden Organic are encouraging members to Bake Your Lawn and keep it organic, and the initiative is also supported by Slow Food UK.

 

This overview kindly put together for MWPN by Cathie Ackroyd

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