Once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities are ready to be harvested on Capitol Hill Thursday and Friday.
The Urban Wheat Field project is on display and open free to the public for educational tours and pictures with the Capitol building in the background until 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
The event is sponsored by the Wheat Foods Council, a sister organization of the National Association of Wheat Growers, and supported by wheat producers from around the country who flew in to guide visitors through the steps in the wheat chain including wheat production, milling flour and baking fresh bread.
It opened Thursday morning, with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson cutting the ribbon alongside NAWG President Jerry McReynolds, a producer from Kansas, and Wheat Foods Council Co-Chairman David Moore, a producer from Texas.
“We appreciate you all for being out here today, and we appreciate the wheat growers for the efforts that they’re making here with this second event,” Peterson said before the Field officially opened, referencing the first Urban Wheat Field, held in New York City in 2008. “It is important for all of us in agriculture to educate consumers about what we do and how food gets from the field to the grocery store shelves.”
The display includes a quarter-acre of live, growing wheat, a full-sized combine, multiple demonstration flour mills, a mobile baking laboratory and areas for trade and nutrition education. The event is staffed by the more than 60 wheat growers who came in for the festivities, and experts in the areas of milling, baking and nutrition.
NAWG sponsored the well-attended reception held Thursday morning for Members of Congress, their staff members and industry friends, and NAWG officers are serving as grower-spokespeople throughout the week.
“All of us need an education on the source of our food supply from farm to fork, and that’s why we’re here today, to help do that,” McReynolds said at the reception.
Details for 2010 Urban Wheat Field
- Location: 3rd Street and Independence Ave. SW, adjacent to the National Museum of the American Indian (map at http://www.wheatworld.org/wp-content/uploads/Come-to-Urban-Wheat-Field.pdf)
- Open to the public: Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.