“Without bread, all is misery.” — William Cobbett, Cottage Economy
“…really good bread is a thing of so much importance, that it always ought to be the very first object in domestic economy.”—William Cobbett, Cottage Economy
“A judicious labourer would probably always have some ale in his house, and have small beer for the general drink.” — William Cobbett, Cottage Economy
Since returning to Oxford after travelling in Spain, I have been working on a small farm in Buckinghamshire assisting with the production of cereal crops for grain and thatch. John Letts, whom I am helping, is an archeobotanist who has returned to his farming roots to grow some of the ancient grains he studied academically. We have recently been joined by Joy Hought who is completing her masters in Agroecology. As we have talked and worked, I have been considering the place of cereals within a permaculture. These reflections would not have been possible without the convivial conversation of happy farm workers. I am indebted to the John and Joy for their insights.