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Rooftop Wheat Field Harvested in Chicago

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 7:10
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“The kids didn’t know flour was part of wheat,” says Tracy Boychuk of Omni’s sister company, The Roof Crop

By Greg Beach
Sept 27, 2016


The would-be wheat farm is atop a landmark building that once housed the Polish National Alliance but now serves as Studio Gang’s headquarters. The rooftop was originally intended to be a wildflower meadow filled with many varieties of pollinator-friendly plants such as butterfly weed, black-eyed susan, and milkweed. Omni Ecosystems were hired late in the year for this project, which limited their sowing abilities. “We knew it would be a mixed bag for establishment, so we threw down this annual that would get us through the winter,” said Molly Meyer, CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems. “As it turned out, the wheat did really well.”

This surprisingly robust wheat crop was delicately harvested and turned into flour by students in an after-school program. Students were involved in the process of winnowing the grains by removing the chaff and separating the wheat berries from the wheat grain. It was a novel experience for them.

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