Category Archives: Working for Change

About Rouge d’Ecosse Organic Grain and Wholemeal Flour

Key information Variety name: Rouge d’Ecosse Certified organic wheat 100% wholemeal flour finely ground on the innovative Zentrofan cyclone mill Above-average values for most key minerals Soft texture and a flavour that is quite a revelation Suitable for real bread (with long fermentation and no additives) and pastries, cakes and biscuits Origins Rouge d’Ecosse wheat is, despite its French […]

Why is Scotland The Bread’s Work Needed?

The Scottish diet needs to change. Nudges, recommendations and exhortations to citizens to make “healthier choices” are useless if the underlying nutritional quality of basic foods is inadequate. For a quick introduction to some of the big problems and some of our solutions, download this short presentation (PDF) given by Andrew Whitley at the Field of Enquiry […]

‘People’s Plant Breeding’ Event 2018, Part 2: the Grain Selection

On the 25th September 2018, immediately preceding our AGM, we started what might well be the first ever community science experiment of its kind: a ‘People’s Plant Breeding’ grain selection event. ‘A small, quiet and entirely benign revolution.’ We recommend you read in more detail about the background to the event here, but in brief: […]

‘People’s Plant Breeding’ Grain Selection Event 2018, Part 1: the Background

In 2018, Scotland The Bread grew 70 tonnes of wheat and rye on the Balcaskie Estate in Fife. There are 10 ‘varieties’ which, with the exception of one modern spring wheat Paragon, are characterised by considerable genetic diversity within the crop. This is especially true of the ‘evolutionary varieties’ that we have brought over from Sweden. […]

Real Bread Week 2018 Soil to Slice Gathering

To celebrate the start of Real Bread Week (February 24 – March 4 2018), a number of our Soil to Slice groups gathered on Sunday 25 February at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Botanic Cottage to talk yields, baking inspiration, milling and new season sowing. Kicking off the introductions over sticky Chelsea buns (made with Rouge d’Ecosse grain […]

The How and Why of Scotland The Bread Heritage Flour

We are enjoying being kept busy at Macbiehill Farmhouse milling Scotland The Bread’s heritage flours – more than three quarters of a ton, as of January 2018. In November we launched three varieties of flour from wheat landraces that were common in Scotland in the 19th century – Rouge d’Ecosse, Golden Drop and Hunter’s. We are somewhat […]

Taking Stock

When crowded calendars demand our attention and we are engrossed in working towards the next big goal, it can be easy to lose sight of the milestones that have already been passed. To celebrate the dawn of 2018 and the completion of some long to-do lists, Director Clare Fennell cast her eye back over Scotland The Bread’s […]

Scotland The Bread’s Heritage Flour is Launched for Sale

After five years’ work in growing and research, social business Scotland The Bread has released for sale Scotland’s first ever nutrient-dense heritage flour. More than 900,000 tonnes of wheat was grown in Scotland in 2017, enough to make all the bread we consume six times over. Instead, grain was imported to mill for breadmaking flour, […]

Soil To Slice Case Study: Granton Community Gardeners

2019 update: Granton Community Gardeners have now established Granton Garden Bakery. Making use of produce from the Granton Community Gardens, proceeds go to support the work of Granton Community Gardeners. Anyone living, working or volunteering in north Edinburgh is encouraged to buy a monthly subscription. This ‘community supported bakery’ model means a small discount for […]

Sunday Post interview: an introduction to Real Bread and Real Bread Week

Veronica Burke was interviewed by Sunday Post reporter Stevie Gallacher for an interview published on May 7th: read an abridged version on their website here, or the full interview below. What is Real Bread Week? The Real Bread Campaign was founded in 2008. Real Bread is made without any artificial additives and the mission is to find and share […]