A few helpful tips and points from Andy

Today I was sitting in the manor house kitchen, sipping yannoh and chatting, when Andy came in.  “Hey Gracie,” he says, ” I’ve just read your blog.”  ” Is it all correct?” asks Mum, ” I mean all of the facts and figures?”  ” Well,” Andy answers ” I’ve made a few notes of things you could change, add or include.  Do you wanna come up to the office now?  We could discuss it, you can make some notes of your own”.  ” Sure.” I reply and I follow him up the creaky wooden staircase to what all of us call the ‘Top Office’.

The next hour or so was spent in a comfy chair, with a view out onto the wheat field, discussing extra information concerning wheat, illnesses, spelling mistakes, varieties, questions and so on.  I learned a lot in this short period of time, these are the main points that Andy talked about.

Now for Summer Harvest! Part 2.

 Why Do We Grow Heritage Wheat?

Heritage wheat is taller than modern wheat.  The reason why our ancestors grew tall wheat is because it grew higher than the weeds and so cast a shadow over them.  Obviously no plant can live without sunlight, so, simple as, the weeds died.

Now farmers want to put chemical fertilizer on, if they put it on the tall varieties of wheat they’d get super huge and topple over.  Therefore they have to create a small type of wheat so that when they put the fertilizer on the wheat grows to the right height.  But the weeds can grow easily in short wheat, so now what do we do?  Easy, we spray the field with weed killer!  Ah, but what if you’re an organic farm, like us?

Now you’ve covered your wheat field in weed killer,all the weeds are gone.  In most fields of modern wheat it’s all the same variety, unlike a lot of heritage wheat where it’s lots of different types.  Without the weeds the illness just passes from plant to plant to plant.  Whereas if there were weeds the disease would hit one and stop because that species isn’t affected by it.  Because all the plants are identical the illness spreads mega fast. So?  We can easily spray the plants with fungicides to stop diseases.  Oh no!  The organic problem has just popped up again. Eeeeeeeeeeek! Here come some pests, ahhhhhhhhhhhh, what can we do?  DON’T PANIC, we’ll just put some pesticides on. Grrrr, why does that same old prob keep ruining everything?!

So you see how many chemicals and horrible, disgusting, artificial substances are in the bread that you eat?  If we all just grew heritage wheat, all these things wouldn’t be needed.

Thanks Andy for your advice.

If you want to learn more about heritage wheat visit Andy’s wesite:

http://brockwell-bake.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa’s Rainbow Of Nutrition

My auntie Melissa is a expert on nutrition and she’s written a guest blog about it, I find it very interesting and I hope you do too. Eating the right things with the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals is really important for a balanced diet. Enjoy…………

 

Rainbows of Nutrition

Rainbows are nature’s amazing and beautiful way of saying there is sunshine to come. They are bright, cheerful, make us feel good and can be found in lots of ways in nature. One of the best ways of seeing a Rainbow everyday and helping you maintain good health is to include a wide variety of vegetables and fruits in your diet every day.

Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables helps us to feel good as they give us lots of essential nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, plant chemical (phytonutrients) and fibre that can assist our wellbeing and good health.

We need a wide range of nutrients to support our body to carry out our day to day activities, make all the repairs it needs and help promote good health. By eating plenty of vegetables and fruit we also provide food for the ‘friendly’ bacteria that live in our guts in the form of fibre. This helps to support a healthy immune system, protect us from harmful organisms and also make some other substances such as vitamin K, which are also essential for good health.

Here are some examples of different coloured fruits and the vitamins and minerals they contain and how they may help us maintain good health.

Rainbow of Nutrition

Rainbow of Nutrition

 

We shouldn’t forget herbs and spices as they also contain lots of vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals. As well as being really good for us, they add extra zing and colour to our food. Spices such as Turmeric and Chilli are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, mint and ginger are good digestion aids, Rosemary is also anti-inflammatory and can aid concentration, Parsley is a good source of Vitamin C and A.

We are encouraged to eat 5 a day, why not see if you can include 7 a day?

My favourite rainbow is Tomatoes & Raspberries, Squash & Peaches, Bananas, Watercress, Kale and Avocados, Prunes, Blackcurrants, Blackberries and any purple vegetable, Onions and Garlic. What’s yours?