The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is going into schools in a bid to spread knowledge about its definition of ‘real bread’ to the next generation.
Launching on 24 January, RBC has devised a scheme - Bake Your Lawn - to encourage children around Britain to plant wheat in February and March, and to follow its journey from seed to sandwich in their own back garden.
A free to download information pack will be available from www.realbreadcampaign.org. The guide has been designed for teachers and parents to help children of all ages to plant, grow and mill their own wheat, before baking and eating it.
Bake Your Lawn companions, including Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme Bakery Bits, The National Trust, Organic Seed Producers, and many RBC members, will work together to make seed wheat available, organise community harvesting, milling and baking days, and encourage members to get involved.
RBC is also launching a national scheme to help pass on breadmaking skills to the next generation, called Lessons in Loaf, where professional bakers will pair up with local primary schools.
Also free to download is a Lessons in Loaf handbook, which contains lesson plans, recipes, information and ideas designed to help teachers get children at Key Stage 2 level thinking and asking questions about the food they eat.
Campaign ambassador Tom Herbert, director of Cotswolds-based Hobbs House Bakery, commented: “I just ran a Lesson in Loaf at my local primary school and it was fantastic to see their faces light up, and their messy hands, to really get what real bread is all about.”
Lynn Harrison, head teacher of Culgaith School in Cumbria, which took part in the pilot phase of the scheme added: “The children had a great time and lots of fun. We now have plans in the spring term to run a community-wide breadmaking day using the children as co-experts.”