Bake Your Lawn

In the UK the good folks at Bake Your Lawn have put out an excellent guide called “Bake Your Lawn – grow it, mill it, bake it, eat it”, asking readers to “follow the real bread trail from seed to sandwich on your own doorstep.” Check out the link below to learn more.

For those of you who haven’t planted your grains yet there is an excellent section on growing wheat, as well as much detail in all aspects of production.

We’ll be pooling our Lawns to Loves wheat to share together in the fall, so we’ll learn together the process of threshing, milling, baking and eating. Yum!

http://www.sustainweb.org/resources/files/reports/Bake_Your_Lawn.pdf

Kickin’ it old school

A tale from the crypt…

The goddess Isis discovered the grain of both wheat and barley, which grew wild over the land but was still unknown Egyptians. Her husband, Osiris taught them how to plant the seeds when the Nile had risen in the yearly inundation and sunk again leaving fresh fertile mud over the fields; how to tend and water the crops; how to cut the grain when it was ripe; how to thresh the grain on the threshing floors, and dry it and grind it to flour and make it into bread. Bread in ancient Egypt came in all shapes, from circles to pyramids. A pharoah’s tomb could have an figure of Isis planted with grains in the crypt. The tomb was sealed before the grains sprouted, knowing that the grains left behind were springing forth with new life in homage to Isis.

Unfortunately Osiris will not be available to teach the Lawns to Loaves growers how to tend the crops, so you’ll have to settle for emailing lawnstoloaves@gmail.com for growers with any queries.

Gratitude

A “corn dolly”

Back in the day, if you wanted farmed grains you or someone you knew had to grow it. And there were a lot of factors at play to ensure a successful harvest. It was understood you had to be grateful for this, and do your part in ensuring a bountiful harvest the next year. It seems we’ve come a long way from this, rarely giving thanks to the earth what we take, never mind knowing the name of the farmer who grew the grains for our loaf. Well, it hasn’t always been that way.

Thank-you to Brian, one of this year’s Lawns to Loaves wheat growers for bringing in some “corn dollies”.  A bit confusingly named, corn dollies aren’t necessarily made of corn or in the shape of a doll. According to Wikipedia, they are,  “Among the customs attached to the last sheaf of the harvest were hollow shapes fashioned from the last sheaf of wheat or other cereal crops. The corn (or grain) spirit would then spend the winter in this home until the “corn dolly” was ploughed into the first furrow of the new season. ”

Brian brought some to the Lawns to Loaves workshop, and they were beautiful.

Brian with distinguished grain art on his coat