The Grain Chain

New podcast, recipe ideas for Father’s Day and lots more

Long hot summer predicted

Early weather predictions are forecasting a long, hot dry summer, which is great news for summer barbecues and festivals, but what are the implications for grain production? If you are planning a lesson on the growing year, there are plenty of resources on the Grain Chain site to support you. For example, this activity on growing our food shows how temperature affects wheat growth for students aged 7 to 11.  

Don’t forget Dad! 

Sunday 21 June is Father’s Day. Why don’t you suggest your students cook dad breakfast to say thank you? The Grain Chain recipe for scrambled egg and bacon baskets would be ideal, or students could use the recipe search function and select ‘breakfasts’ to find other ideas.

New Grain Chain podcast

The third topical Grain Chain podcast has recently been published on the site. This time, the theme is ‘Food and Values’, where you can join teenager Franz in his quest to find out what matters most to consumers in an economic downturn.

Open Farm Sundayofs_logo

Sunday 7 June is Open Farm Sunday: an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the countryside, discover what it means to be a farmer and try produce fresh from the farm. The Open Farm Sunday website promises that ‘each event will be unique with its own activities – based around the host farm’s individual story. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor & trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for kids, mini farmers markets or picnics.’ Use their handy ‘find a farm’ search tool to find your nearest farm hosting an event.

Grain Chain Team at the Highland Show

The Royal Highland Show takes place on the 25 – 28 June 2009.  This year the Grain Chain Team will be baking bread rolls alongside a milling activity.  This gives the children an opportunity to see how wheat is turned into flour to make the bread rolls. To find out more about the Royal Highland Show visit

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