Harrowing and Sowing Heritage Wheat – Saturday 17th February

From hoof to loaf…

The Friends of Ruskin Park are growing heritage wheat and beans again in Ruskin Park. Together with the Friends of Brixton Windmill and the Brockwell Bake Association, it brings alive the life cycle of natural and traditional food production. You can read more about the project here.

On Friday, 7th February, we welcomed two shire horses, Heath and Nobby with ploughman Tom Nixon from Operation Centaur, to plough the patch of land designated for growing heritage wheat grains, close to Ferndene Road.

The next stage of the project will take place on Saturday, 17th February from 10am to 2pm. The horses will return to harrow the soil and afterwards a small group of existing volunteers will sow the heritage wheat. Members of the public are very welcome to watch, though we recommend checking our website and social media on the day as timings are subject to change based on weather conditions.

Richard Baker Photography

There will be refreshments available at the Bandstand with a bread and cake stall provided by the Old Post Office Bakery and a chance to find out more about our wheat growing and the horses, with information stalls from the project partners. There will also be a seed stall provided in part by Incredible Edible Lambeth with seed to buy and to swap as well as a good selection of seed potatoes.

How to get involved

This is a really exciting time for the project. We are planning a big volunteer day in August to harvest, thresh and winnow the wheat grain, followed by a celebratory harvest festival in the park in September 2018.

We will need volunteers with a variety of skills to make the project a success. This could involve giving just a few hours or a making more regular commitment. In particular, we need volunteers who are able to help lead the project in the future. We will offer volunteers plenty of support.

If you are interested in getting involved, please talk to us on the day or contact Charlotte at community@friendsofruskinpark.org.uk or call 07841 830463.