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Posted by Kim Winter, Monday 19th February, 2018

From hoof to loaf

Image: Ann Bodkin

Our collaborative project to plant heritage wheat with the Friends of Ruskin Park and Brockwell Bake Association, with the ground ploughed by traditional shire horses from Operation Centaur, was featured on BBC London news on 9 February. And Jean Kerrigan of the Friends of Windmill Gardens was interviewed about the project by Jim Davis on BBC Radio London.

Unfortunately, the TV piece is no longer available on iPlayer, but you can hear the radio interview here until 9 March (the interview starts at around 2:41 hours).

The initial ploughing was carried out on 7 February by horses Nobby and Heath. Heath then returned on 17 February to harrow the soil, after which the planting took place. The strains of wheat planted were Miller's Choice, Madeiran and Purple Naked Spelt.

August 2018 will see a big volunteer day to harvest, thresh and winnow the wheat grain, followed by a celebratory harvest festival in the park in September 2018.