How to Grow Your Own Wheat

Hello fellow wheat-growing enthusiasts!

To those of you who attended our May 1st workshop at Strathcona Community Garden – thank you! You were a fantastic and enthusiastic bunch and we can’t wait for the growing season to begin in full force. It’s been raining like mad the last few days, but don’t worry – your wheat seeds should be able to tolerate it.

To those of you who couldn’t attend our May 1st workshop – we missed you, but are pleased to have you on board! Remember to get in touch with us by this Monday (May 9th) so that we can get those seeds out you ASAP in time for planting before May 15th. Contact Amy at lawnstoloaves@gmail.com

And, to those of you who are wondering what this wonderful and weird project is all about, do check out our About tab.

Photos from the May 1st Workshop:





Now on to the nitty-gritty:

Here’s a very good resource covering everything from irrigation to threshing: Small Scale Grain Production

An excerpt on harvesting: “Once the stalks, leaves and heads have become a golden brown, begin checking the hardness of the kernels. To do this, take a head of wheat and rub it between your hands to break the kernels loose from the chaff and gently blow the chaff away. Pop the kernels in your mouth and bite the kernels. They should be fairly hard and have a bit of a crunch. If they are soft or squishy, then the kernels are still in the dough stage and need a few more days to dry.”

A short video with Chris Hergesheimer, the Flour Peddler, demonstrating how to sow wheat seed to help ensure a healthy harvest. Please excuse the shakiness in the first few seconds.

Chris demonstrating wheat seed sowing from Environmental Youth Alliance on Vimeo.


Now get those seeds in the ground! 🙂

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Wheat in the City

Lawns to Loaves explores the limits and possibilities of where our daily bread comes from. The goals are ambitious yet simple:

  • To successfully cultivate a hundred pounds of organic spring wheat within the city of Vancouver
  • To engage our communities in a thought experiment regarding what defines a farm and to symbolically challenge the dominant scale of grain production
  • To overlook traditional notions of efficiency and productivity for a moment in favor of the power of symbolism
  • To teach, engage, and excite all those who encounter this project at any and every stage

In May 2011, the Lawns to Loaves collective plants our first seeds in the ground.

Want to get involved in planting and harvesting?

lawnstoloaves@gmail.com

 

Map of Lawns to Loaves 2011 Planting Locations: