the art of growing wheat
22 March - 4 October 2015
West Dulwich, London.
On the Sunday of the Vernal Equinox the project was inaugurated with performance of classical Indian Bharatanatyam dance choreographed by Divya Umakanth. Wheat was then distributed to local schools, the L'Arche Community for people with learning difficulties, allotments and other community groups.
Harvested at the Feast of Lammas (1st of August), it was then threshed and winnowed at the community Autumn event. School parties participated in its milling at the 200 year old windmill in Brixton, London. Bread was then baked and enjoyed at a Harvest celebration in October.
"The Vernal project has been an amazing experience. It was conceived as a means of engaging the community and connecting us to the seasons, but the growing of wheat is rich in symbolism and graphically illustrates what is involved in giving “us our daily bread”.
Vernal was funded by All Saints West Dulwich and the Diocese of Southwark.
The seed-corn was donated by Limagrain UK Ltd.