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(with FREE SEED on request - see BREAD project below)

Why restore landrace grains?

Landraces are populations spanning the first stage of domestication by early farmers to pre-industrial heritage crops in peasant fields today. Landraces are forgotten almost-wild ancestors that bear a Noah's Ark of resiliences to survive unpredictable weather extremes. As we face climate chang, ,landrace grains re-introduce robust traits to our fields. As more and more people have difficulty digesting modern wheat, landrace grains offer an easier-to-digest, nutritious, richer flavor, gluten-safe alternative.

Restoring heritage grain traditions is a profound way to empower community food systems where cultural diversity is honored and landrace cuisines flourish.

B.R.E.A.D Project

Biodiversity Restoration, Ecological Agiculture, Dance in the Fields

Stage 1 - Biodiversity: Collect Rare Landrace Wheats

The first stage of building a vibrant local grain system begins with collecting varieties that were grown here, and from regions with similar conditions. We cast a wide net in our search spanning Europe to the ancestral homeland of bread wheat in the Caucasus region know as Georgia, grains with the greatest wild resiliences. We learned that ancient Georgian bread wheats were on the verge of extinction in their Georgian homeland as a result of 70 years of oppressive occupation by Russia, who made it illegal for Georgian peasant farmers to grow ancestral landraces. So we reached out to the Georgian Organic Farming Associatio, elkana.org.ge, and shipped them a set of the entire USDA collection of landrace wheats from Georgia. They welcomed this gift with joy, and are partnering with us to select the more robust accessions.

Organic wheat breeders in France, Germany, Denmark and Hungary are generously contributing the best landraces. We are thrilled to be part of this network of cooperation to restore landrace wheat.

Join us at the Landrace Wheat Conference in Italy, June, 2018.

Landraces we are restoring: 1. wild wheat. 2. einkorn. 3. emmer, 4. timopheevii, 5. macha, 6. durum, 7. polanicum, 8. spelt, 9. bread

Stage 2 - Restoration: Trial Rare Landrace Wheats

Restoring heritage grains is a community effort, planting seeds for cultural and political change. A dynamic network of trained farmers and gardeners can shift our dependence on chemical-dependent modern wheat to a local heritge grain economy. If you are a farmer, gardener or seed grower, we welcome you to join this exciting groundswell.

Landrace Grain Trials application

If you want to be involved, fill out the application and email it to Eli Rogosa: growseed@yahoo.com. Trialers are encouraged to read: 'Restoring Heritage Grains'. We'll send our elite landrace seeds FREE with the book, and ask you to send back a portion of your best harvest the first year so we can share with more farmers. Planting our seed is a pledge to keep them open source seed that cannot be patented. Your commitment to create an abundant, diverse, and delicious Northeast grain system is the heart of the project!

In 2018 we'll evaluate Zanduri (T. timopheevii), reputed to be the most fusarium resistant grain in the world, and build soil with low-till cropping systems, organic amendments, mycorrhizael innoculants, to prepare the soil for heritage winter wheats planted in September. .

 Stage 3 - Ecological Agriculture

It's not enough to have resilient seed. How can each of us build a whole farm or garden with vital weed-suppressive soil where landrace wheats will thrive? We look to the indigeous traditions of early farmers to relearn how to grow landrace wheats with: low-till cropping systems, cover cropping, intercropping polycultures, growing diverse mixtures, wide spacing, for nutrient-dense foods. Learn more: Guidelines to Grow Landrace Wheats

Stage 4 - Dancing in the Fields

Now it starts getting really fun. Folk dancers and musicians are planting landrace wheats too! From Becky Ashenden in Western Mass to Donna Ruth Hadjipopov in the East End of Long Island, NY, artistic energy is awakening to celebrate and resonate with our peasant seed community renewal.

Stage 5 - BREAD

It all culminates in a nourishing table of fragrant, gluten-safe heritage grain bread. As our heritage grain increases, we will conduct workshops in artisan sourdough breads, sprout breads, and offer our landrace flour to regional artisan bakers.

History of the Heritage Grain Conservancy: growseed.org

Over twenty years ago, Eli Rogosa searched for a way to build common goals with Israelis and Palestinians. Based on years of work with traditional farmers, Eli started a project with Palestinian and Israeli farmers and genebanks 'Restoring Ancient Wheat'. This project soon reached out to cooperate with European cereal researchers and peasant farmers, who also faced the loss of their landrace wheats due to replacement by modern cultivars. Upon returning to the US, Eli began working with Cr Lawn, founder of Fedco Seeds. They combined their skills to develop a project 'Restoring Our Seed' to promote seed-saving with Northeast farmers and gardeners. Building on this, Eli coordinated 'Northeast Organic Wheat', a SARE-funded project to develop locally-adapted heritage grains. This opened up new collaborations, laying the groundwork for a regional grain system, and partnerships with emerging initiatives, the Maine Grain Alliance and GrowNYC.

Eli partnered with Klaas Martens, a mentor to organic farmers on how to create a whole farm environment where landrace wheats thrive - a climate-resilient wheat system. Robert Perry of NOFA-NY joined our team, bringing vast expertise in small-scale grain production and equipment.

Coming Soon:

Our Landrace Wheat Network (coming soon)

Upcoming events

Join us at training workshops on climate-resilient wheat systems, learn how to conduct trials, how to increase elite varieties to farm-sized amounts, with hands-on baking with low-gluten ancient grains.

Search our  Landrace Grain Trials Directory to find others folks conducting trials.