Imagine a stand of wheat and a combine in front of the U.S. Capitol. Well, you don't have to imagine.
On Thursday and Friday, the Wheat Foods Council staged a wheat field event on the national mall, in front of the U.S. Capital Building. They did so with the help of Jose Costa, an agronomist for University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It was funded in part by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.
The exhibit included all phases of the wheat growing process, from green grass to full maturity ready to harvest. It was staged to help urban considers learn from the mini "farm-to-fork" experience about where their food comes from and to help them make more informed nutrition choices.
The Wheat Foods Council event was staffed by wheat growers from around the country and experts in milling, baking and nutrition – with demonstrations – about wheat, baking and nutrition. They also hoped to draw the attention of government workers.
How do you draw politicos? With food, of course!
Thursday's opening reception for congressional and executive branch staff drew them out with the scent of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls (made from wheat flour, no less).
The urban wheat field was the second such venture by the Wheat Foods Council. The first was held in New York City in 2008.