The Real Bread Campaign, part of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming,
is funded by the Big Lottery's Local Food programme and the Sheepdrove Trust.
Would you like to help take kids on the Real Bread journey from seed to sandwich?
If you’re a teacher or work in a community youth group, read on for details of how to take a handful of organic wheat and our free grassroots guide on how to grow it, mill it, bake it, eat it.
See the latest wheat diaries from participating schools
The guide is aimed at teachers, parents and other people who work with children who want to support them having fun in finding that Real Bread starts in a field, not a factory.
We’ve also included tips and pointers to further information for allotmenteers, would-be good-lifers and everyone else who wants to make getting a sandwich a bit more inspiring than a trip to the chiller cabinet at a petrol station.
You can download the FREE pack NOW to plan for either the spring (late January - late-April) or winter (October and November) sowing seasons. Whichever sowing season you choose, your wheat should be ready to harvest from late July onwards, depending on the weather.
We’re encouraging people around the country to organise community harvesting, milling and baking days from August.
If you’d like to help bring people together this way, you can find (and add) details of public Bake Your Lawn activities on our events page.
Perhaps you could join with family, neighbours and other friends to build a communal clay/mud bread oven.
You can share ideas, and call for help or inspiration at the Real Bread Campaign Facebook page or using the #bakeyourlawn and #realbread hashtags on Twitter. Real Bread Campaign members can also chat in The Real Baker-e.
In 2011 we had 220 enquires over the spaces of four months. Of these, around 50 ordered seeds. In 2012, we had 70 orders in just one week! Three weeks later, we'd distributed more than 280 packets of seeds to nearly 190 schools and youth groups.
Organic Seed Producers kindly donated organic wheat seeds for us to distribute to schools and youth groups. Each 100g packet is enough for a plot of about 2-4 square metres, which should produce enough flour for a loaf or two.
We recieved enquiries from over 220 schools and community youth groups and published pictures and wheat diaries from some of those that got growing.
Here are some places from which you might be able to get bread making wheat seeds. What you need to ask for is
If you're planting it January-April, then it needs to be spring wheat, and if you're planting from September-November, then you need winter wheat.
Having contacted dozens of grain/seed merchants, farms, mills and enthusiasts around the country, the following are those that have told us they will offer seed wheat in small quantities.
If you offer bread making wheat seed in small quantities (e.g. 100g for mini-plots, or 1-15kg bags for larger educational projects) either for collection or by mail order, please email the details to us and we'll add you to this list.
Other places to search
If you don't have a seed merchant's license (e.g. you're a farmer or miller) but would like to sell/give seeds to a school for an educational project, please click here for advice.
The Real Bread Campaign is not the only group that understands the value of Bake Your Lawn in helping children to find out and ask questions about where their food comes from.
As well as many Real Bread bakeries and traditional mills around the country, the following organisations have been proud to support the initiative:
On Monday 23 January, Real Bread Campaign ambassador and star of Channel 4's The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom Herbert visited Horsley Primary School in Gloucestershire to help pupils sow wheat at the Bake Your Lawn launch.
As a school or voluntray community organisation, you might be eligible for a grant from the Big Lottery, if you can prove that your wheat growing project offers one or more of the following outcomes:
If your wheat plot is in a London borough, accessible to the local community ( this includes school grounds) and at least 5m x 5m, you could be eligible to register as a Capital Growth community food growing space. To read details of the funding, training, competitions and other support Capital Growth can offer, click here.
You can find a list of other organisations that can support your wheat growing project in the Useful Books and Links chapter of our free Bake Your Lawn grassroots guide. Click here to download your copy now.
If you can't find a community milling day near you, maybe a small domestic flour mill might be an option for you. Here are some suppliers.
If you're skipping the 'grow it' bit of Bake Your Lawn, some offer grain that's ready to mill.
In 2012 the Bake Your Lawn supporters’ coalition of the milling included the Brockwell Bake Association, Capital Growth, The Children’s Food Campaign, Eco Schools, FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, The Food For Life Partnership, Learning Through Landscapes, The National Trust, Organic Seed Producers, The Traditional Cornmillers Guild, School Food Matters, The School Food Trust, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (Mills section), and The Soil Association.
To read about and see pictures of previous Bake Your Lawn projects, click here.
The following people and organisations are (or have previously) run small-scale wheat growing projects.
If you have posted a blog, pictures or other details about a wheat growing project, please drop us a line and we'll add a link here.
In March 2012, Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Defra, launched the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce Report. The report highlights compelling evidence that food growing in schools helps support children achieve, builds life and employability skills, and improves their health and well-being.
The Taskforce made six key recommendations for the future to help realise the vision of every school being a food growing school.