A south-east London allotment holder might have a declare to be the UK’s smallest arable farmer following the harvest of his wheat crop utilizing a hedgetrimmer.
Jacob Shooter, who’s a contract lighting programmer and designer, was impressed to develop his personal wheat so he might make pizza totally from scratch, solely utilizing components from his allotment close to Sidcup.
With farmer recommendation gleaned from YouTube, in addition to agronomy help from Frontier Agriculture, Mr Shooter has efficiently grown and harvested about 100sq m of Crusoe winter wheat from Limagrain.
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Watch Mr Shooter harvest his wheat:
Allotment neighbour Invoice Jones used his hedgetrimmer to reap the wheat on Monday 25 July, a lot to the aid of Mr Shooter, who has been combating off the pigeons. He then gathered the crop by hand to place by his selfmade threshing machine.
“The machine is 2 items of wooden with some hen wire excessive and I’m going to place the wheat in between and rub them collectively – hopefully it should all disintegrate,” Mr Shooter mentioned.
He has additionally grown beans on a separate plot, which he hopes will enhance soil fertility and depart residual nitrogen for subsequent 12 months’s wheat crop. Oilseed rape may also be added to the rotation.