"A multitude of Yale College classes come to the Yale Farm to visit our grain field as part of their credit-based study. Anthropology Professor Brian Wood brings his 'Human Ecology' course (ANTH 271) to compare annual grain sowing techniques with perennial cultivation techniques. Classics Professor Noel Lenski brings 'The Romans: A Cultural Introduction' (CLCV 257) to observe the attributes of wheat that allowed for systems of trade and empire. Russian Professor Bella Grigoryan brings 'Masterpieces of Russian Literature' (RUSS 250) to thresh and winnow our wheat harvest, gaining insight on power dynamics between two feuding farmers in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Professor Maria Trumpler brings 'Women, Food and Culture' (WGSS 120) to turn our threshed and milled wheat into flatbread in our farm oven, using recipes found at the @BeineckeLibrary.
So interwoven is wheat with human history, culture, and health, that we feel like these classes are just scratching the surface of the academic usefulness of on-campus grain production. As farm manager at the Yale Farm, I feel like I am also just scratching the surface of the YSFP's collaboration with The Bread Lab Director, Steve Jones, who got this ball rolling five years ago. It was in this spirit that I attended The Bread Lab's annual conference, The Grain Gathering, last week in Washington’s Skagit Valley, along with @Yale professors Jim Scott and Maria Trumpler." — Jeremy Oldfield's reflecting on his entrée into @wsu_bread_lab's Grain Gathering this past week. #🍞 #🌾 #graingathering2017