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


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