• 24/10/08
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I’ve spoken to dozens of people over the last year who’ve shaken their heads and announced firmly that: “You just can’t grow wheat in Fife for bread.”

“You can grow soft wheat, suitable only for soda bread or cakes”.

“The climates all wrong. We have to import our wheat from Canada.”

I’ve tried to argue the case and been faced with world weary chuckles and sympathetic shakes of the head.

Yesterday we tasted the first loaf baked from this years Falkland’s wheat crop. Thanks to Amelia for growing it and David for baking it. It was delicious.

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  • Wild Food Robin October 28, 2008 at 07:24

    That’s fantastic. Our Food Action Group down here in Sidmouth, Devon are looking to get as much food from within 10 miles of our town.

    How big was the area you grew your wheat in?

    What type of wheat did you grow? You mentioned Falkland but I couldn’t find any reference after doing a quick search.

    You folks are a real inspiration.

    Robin

  • Boyd October 26, 2008 at 21:11

    Interesting .. locally grown wheat..

    I wrote about urban farmimg recently and i was amazed to find the the world currently lives off only 30 crops of which the main four are wheat, maize, rice and potatoes.

    Does wheat need any ‘special conditions’ or can it grow anywhere, for instance do you think we could grow wheat in or around manchester?

    Thanks
    boyd at webshak.co.uk

  • fifediet October 25, 2008 at 08:46

    Thanks Joanna. I think mixed farming will be back. Monocrop is useless. I should have added a thanks to all the many people who encouraged us to explore wheat production and bread flour, including Andrew Whitley, Steve Brogan and Pete Ritchie.

  • Joanna October 24, 2008 at 16:17

    Part of the reason I enjoy reading about the Fife diet is that my grandfather farmed at Pitscottie (by Cupar) in the 1950s and 60s. He ran an old-fashioned mixed farm – livestock of all sorts, crops of all sorts (except the pine trees that are currently the main crop at that farm). It went bust in the late 60s, along with many other farms – and that was the end of a good and sensible way of life. I love that you are re-creating it in 21st century form.

    I remember wheat growing there. Not sure how hard it was … but you can make good bread with soft flour too

    Joanna