Category Archives: Community

The True Cost of Better Bread

By Andrew Whitley, co-founder and honorary chair of Scotland The Bread  In the autumn of 2017, Balcaskie Farms sowed five varieties of Scotland The Bread winter wheat and rye on some of their newly-converted organic acres. So began an experiment – to see whether it was possible to grow nutrient-dense breadmaking grain in Scotland. Why bother, […]

Real Bread Week – Real Bread Buddies Day – Baking Timeline

Real Bread Buddies Day activities can be anything from a pizza-making session, to teaching children how to make flatbreads, to a breadmaking event like those held at Summerhill Community Centre. The first ever Real Bread Buddies Day is on Sunday 27 February. The Real Bread Campaign is encouraging people to mark the culmination of Real […]

Flour to the People: a look back at the project

Image from Summerhill Community Centre Report by Project Coordinator Lyndsay Cochrane The ‘Flour to the People’ project aimed to work alongside community food hubs and bakers to make Scotland The Bread’s nutritious flour, and bread made with it, more accessible to communities across the country. We approached this overall goal from a variety of angles: […]

Scotland The Bread is Five!

Today marks five years since the formal incorporation of Bread for Good Community Benefit Society – better known by our trading name Scotland The Bread. This innovative not-for-profit social business, owned by our 300+ member/shareholders, researches and mills nutritious organic grains to create a Scottish home-grown flour and bread supply that is healthy, fair and […]

Real Bread Week 2021: Celebrating Community in Baking

We approached Real Bread Week 2021 (20 – 28th February) as an opportunity to show our support to community bakeries and bakers, and some of the artisan bakeries in our network committed to Real Bread. We aimed to spread the word about our Solidarity Bags: free bags of Scotland The Bread flour for community bakeries […]

Rediscovering wheat diversity for the public good

This essay originally took the form of a lecture given by Scotland The Bread Chairman Andrew Whitley as part of the series ‘What’s for Dinner? The future of Food & Farming in Jersey and elsewhere’ at the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Showgrounds on Friday September 30th 2016. The series was organised by Alasdair Crosby, […]

Flour to the People: the project so far, and looking to the future

The past two months have been filled with enthusiastic conversations, sourdough success stories and the sharing of many baking tips during our Flour to the People events with community food hubs and workshops for bakers. Watch Lyndsay and Miller-Manager Connie Hunter introduce the project in this short video made by UKRI. Over 100 people from six communities […]

Sourdough September 2020

(Photo: Wee Boulangerie’s ‘Flour of Scotland’ loaf for a previous Sourdough September) The Real Bread Campaign’s 8th annual, international celebration of the oldest way of leavening a loaf is underway. Three ingredients = a world of Real Bread. This year’s focus is on the diversity of bread that can be made with just three ingredients, and […]

Missing links in the grain chain: the benefits of participatory plant breeding from Syria to Scotland

A crop breeder visits a field in which a new variety of tef, a staple cereal crop, is being grown by a local farmer in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia

Photo: A crop breeder visits a field in which a new variety of tef, a staple cereal crop, is being grown by a local farmer in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia [Tara Wight 2018] By Tara Wight Cereal production in Scotland is dominated by a small number of conventionally bred varieties of barley, wheat and oats. These […]

The Solidarity Bag: Pass it Forward to Community Bakeries

Bulk bags of wholemeal flour

We have launched the Solidarity Bag: a 16 or 8 kg bag of flour paid for by you and delivered to the brilliant community bakeries working across Scotland to keep their communities fed. With her experience working with foodbanks, our new Flour to the People Project Coordinator Lyndsay Cochrane is well placed to introduce this new […]