I have rented 4.34 acres of ex-arable land in Totnes, Devon. With the help of as many people as happens, I would like to turn this field into a place where beautiful things emerge. Heritage wheat will grow to be processed and made into sourdough bread locally (hopefully by Dan – the Almond thief and his talented team of bakers). This grain will be comforted and cajoled by nutrient giving cousins and danced around by butterflies and bees and ushered in by the Rowan, Cherry and Oak trees at its edges.
Help the soil regain its strength by. Cutting the ‘weeds’ that are dominating before they seed again. Use their bodies to feed the soil with organic matter. This requires some form of turing the soil – rotavating, ploughing with horses, digging by hand? The advice and good sense + a slice of learning from last year lean me away from digging, and processing come to think of it, by hand.
I then need to plant out with seed, from beneficial plants for the soil, butterflies, bees, insects in general, mycelia, bacteria, birds and more. I will then rolls and cut parts of it and plant heritage wheat seeds (mainly) through it, some in the winter and then the bulk in spring next year.
Then we will all get to thinking about harvest and processing….
Please help if you can.