|India Jammu Sonora|
On the right is soft white Sonora, grown from seed contributed by Kenter Canyon Farms.
|Sonora, with India Jammu in the background|
You can see the relative pace of development in these different varieties. At this stage, the India Jammu, in the background, is taller. The Sonora shows a shorter, more dense growth.
Plots just to the north include varieties from Russia and Brazil, along with Emmer and an ancient Black Einkorn.
|Timopheevi Emmer Brazilian Lavras Vavilov Black Einkorn|
|Brazilian Lavras Vavilov|
Brazilian Lavras is an amber wheat, with a reputation for growing to more than six feet.
Vavilov, a hard red winter wheat dates from the 1920s and is named for Nikolai Vavilov, likely to be the man who developed it, and certainly one of the world's foremost agronomists and plant breeders.
During a time of enormous need for his country, Vavilov sent out 140 expeditions from Russia to 40 countries, assembling a collection of more than 200,000 species. He was a leader in restoring Russia's ability to feed its people. Ironically, he was caught up in Stalinist purges and died of starvation in the gulag. Vavilov wheat is considered rare and is being grown and evaluated by seed companies and universities.
Black Einkorn, considered the oldest cultivated wheat, is not widely grown today.
It has a reputation for doing well on poor soils and is known for its flat black seed heads. In the Emerson garden it has yet to develop much height, but if it sets heads, we expect those ancient berries will be a challenge to unhusk.
You can visit the garden and see the wheat plots on school days from 4pm to sunset and on weekends from 9am to sunset. The wheat demonstration plots are related to Dana Morgan's LA School Wheat Project which gives students the opportunity to plant, grow, and harvest wheat, right in their school gardens. For more info about the LA School Wheat Project contact: firstname.lastname@example.org