PLANT A LIVING SEEDBANK
Sunday Sept 12
UMass Organic Farm
Join us to plant a Living Seedbank of rare world grains on the verge of extinction.
As we face unprecedented climate change, it is urgent to regenerate the almost-lost
robust varieties that have evolved over millenia of weather challenges and harsh climates.
10 to 1- Plant Rare Grains from World Genebanks and Traditional Farmers
Visit: growseed.org for more information
Heritage grains are heirloom varities that are on the verge of extinction thanks to mass agrictulture. A group of researchers at UMASS Amherst are raising these grains to test their practicality in Massachusetts as a grain supply. By creating a community seedbank, they are hoping to have a Noah's Ark of resilient varieties.
We got out fingernails dirty and went to work. We were pretty speedy for a pair of “city girls” something another volunteer commented on.
jess doin work
The people were very sweet and upon departure we were handed a small loaf of bread, made from local Einkorn wheat.
In true rustic/hippy fasion we bite right into it.
Deerfield and the area near Sugarloaf Mountain are just gorgeous.
This year Annabelle, Jess and I split Local grain CSA from Pioneer Valley Farm in Western Mass and have been enjoying it. The wheatberries and oats were great, now I need to work on making more bread. Luckily they have set up some forums for people to share recipes and storage tips. The one thing I have noticed about the grains is that they are not ground as fine as many commercial flours, but have a wonderful flavor! We kept some of them whole grains (wheat and rye berries) but ground much of it into whole grain flours. I made cornbread with the dent corn and whole wheat flour for the first Slow Food BU meeting of the semester.If you love Local Foods and are in the Boston Area I highly recommend you come to the 1st (ANNUAL) Local Food Festival!
For more information and schedules, be sure to check out their website, I'm so excited!