Daily Bread was a community wheat-growing project
that started in March 2020 during the lockdown
and ran until Harvest Festival 2020.
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Daily Bread was a community wheat-growing project which ran from March 2020 until Harvest Festival 2020.
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Daily Bread was a community wheat-growing project connecting city-dwellers with food production, engaging with ecological and environmental concerns, and exploring humanity’s 10,000 year relationship with wheat.
Our wheat was blessed and sown in the courtyard at St James’s on Sunday 15th March 2020, and across London and beyond by members of our community. The very next week the country went into lockdown and care for the growing crop in Piccadilly fell to Lucy our Rector, the only person on site.
We celebrated Lammas and the ‘first fruits’ of the harvest on 2nd August. The bulk of our crop was harvested, threshed and winnowed in September ready for our Harvest Festival in October.
Throughout the project, we published colourful artistic reflections about our wheat, with art by Sara Mark, poetry by Diane Pacitti and scientific input by Deborah Colvin. All these are downloadable in the PDF library below.
Reflections about our wheat, with art by Sara Mark, poetry by Diane Pacitti and scientific input by Deborah Colvin.
6. Heaven and Earth
15. Adamah and Eve
16. How to Harvest
20. Diversity and continuity
21. Conform and transform
23. Harvest fire
24. Harvest home
26. The great chain of being
28. Harvesting art
29. To create one grass blade
31. Radical sabbath
A video reflection by artist Sara Mark
Prof Kate Rigby, Director of the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University, gave a talk about the Daily Bread project in November 2020.
In 2023 the south-facing, sun-drenched curtilage of the church becomes a new Grow Space featuring The Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) growing on the railings. Many cultures have a version of this staple food combination, which sustainably provides carbohydrates, protein and vitamins/minerals.
A Triumph of Delights was a month long festival in October 2021 in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, providing a variety of spaces to gather in solidarity, and to celebrate the beauty and fragility of our common home.
Aftermath is an ongoing collaborative community project lead by the Eco Team. In 1940 St James’s was badly bomb-damaged. 42 species of ‘weeds’ grew in the nave. We grew the weeds again in the aftermath of Covid, asking what they have to teach us.