Wow, what a wonderful time we had on Saturday at the Lawns to Loaves harvest celebration! So many people pitched in with the various stages of the wheat processing, pizza making, scarecrow building and, of course, pizza eating! It was great to come together and learn about the experiences of our wheat growers, how the program has been rolled out in schools, and share in the bounty. Thank you to all the volunteers that came down to help make the day the great success that it was. Be sure to check out the photos from the day here.
Last Saturday’s celebration was great! We threshed, we milled, we learned, we ate! Thanks to everyone who made the event possible.
Check out the coverage from the Vancouver Observer.
Saturday October 22nd 10am-4pm at the Ecopavilion the garden house in the Strathcona Community garden near Prior and Hawks
A time to come together and celebrate the successful harvest of our urban wheat crops – and get plenty of hands on learning about wheat from plant to pizza. Neighbours and community groups are coming together to share in the bounty of this year’s abundant crop pooled from a number of plots throughout the city.
10am – Coffee from Ethical Bean and baked treats
10:30 – Slideshow featuring the Lawns to Loaves project
12noon – Rye 101
2pm – Slideshow featuring The Lawns to Loaves project
4pm – Wrap up
Throughout the day, drop in for:
Milling – The flour peddler shares his bicycle powered flour mill. Come lend a hand. (Or foot.) There’s also wheat that needs threshing and seperating wheat from the chaff. Come learn how!
Create a scarecrow with urban straw.
Take home a bag of rye to plant as a covercrop or to harvest as a grain in the summer. Learn more at 12noon at the Rye 101 Workshop.
The Lawns to Loaves project has a way of capturing the imagination of a lot of people, including local politicians. In a recent NPA attack add, “front yard wheat fields” are mentioned as an example of the “common sense” which is missing in City Hall. To read more click here.
Several months ago we had a chance to meet with several politicians at City Hall, to discuss the Lawns to Loaves project. We made clear the educational goals of the project. From teaching Vancouver students about where grains come from, to cultivating a deeper appreciation of the wheat farmers that supply us with our daily bread. This project is not about feeding ourselves with grains grown exclusively in the city, it is about education, community and fresh ideas about how urban space is used.
Save the date for The Lawns to Loaves harvest celebration.
Saturday October 22 – morning and afternoon
At the eco-pavilion in the Strathcona Community Garden
This day will be filled with the threshing, milling, and eating of this year’s shared urban wheat harvest. Learn about the process of how wheat gets to your plate, with lots of hands on activities. Hope you can make it! Stay tuned for the full schedule of events.