ORC Wakelyns Population on sale!Category: News
13 October 2017
Photo: Mark Lea
Seed of the ORC Wakelyns Population is on sale from Walnes Seeds. Contact Andrew Cooper. This is a good opportunity to get a new concept of wheat into your field. It is not a variety, as individual plants are not identical, and it is not a mixture either. Think of it as a large family, in which each plant is different from each other but there is some relatedness. It is the outcome of 107 crosses between 20 parents, selected to be either high quality or high yielding, bulked and reproduced year after year on organic farms.
Its performance builds upon 'four Cs':
- Capacity as it has high variation in its traits;
- Complementation, as different individuals can complement each other;
- Compensation as, if some plants fail, others will take their place and the whole will recover and
- Change, as the best performing types become more prevalent in response to environmental differences as a result of evolutionary change.
Mark Lea of Green Acres Farm in Shropshire recently tweeted "ORC Wakelyns Population Wheat looked great in the field and looks great in the store! Restoring my faith in organic wheat!"
Not only that, it has good baking quality and is as nutritious as most common milling varieties, as well as being suitable for animal feed. We are developing the bread-making process with the Small Food Bakery. Read more here: and order your seed now to be part of this exciting project!