This year on Tu Bishvat – one of my dreams came true!

Ever since my oldest was a little guy starting out in kindergarten, I wished that I could bring a serious farming experience to his cheder’s asphalt playground.

That “little guy” is already 17 but I finally made my dream happen for his younger brother’s school.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with the principal, teachers and maintenance man to construct a raised bed on one side of their playground.

This Monday, on Tu Bishvat, the boys planted it with wheat!!!

The boys had a great time, learned a lot and got to play with dirt! They also prayed for rain, and boy did the Heavens answer!

According to my son, the boys are excitedly watching their soil everyday, waiting for sprouts!

May their wheat flourish and may they have a terrific harvest in time for Shavuos!

You too can plant wheat at home and process it into flour and challah. The Land of Israel is praised for it’s wheat. 

My Wheat “Field” this Year

I planted wheat on Chanukah in a raised bed on my city farm (AKA the backyard of my apartment in Ramat Beit Shemesh). Six weeks later, this is how my wheat bed now looks.

Today the wheat looks a bit battered by this week’s storm, but it will probably shoot up now that the sun is coming out.

(If you look closely in the above photo, you will see a small black pot – in the background in between the lavender and the strawberry tower – that is also planted with wheat. You don’t need a big bed to try this at home.)

OK. I know that most people think that growing wheat at home is something they’ll NEVER do.

Or maybe you’re one of the few who will take a few grains from your pantry today and sprinkle them in a pot or patch of soil?

If that’s you, get ready for all kinds of wonder and joy!

A few tips for successful wheat growing at home:

How to Harvest Wheat and Turn it Into Challah

To show the process of harvesting the ripe wheat and turning into a challah at home – including threshing, winnowing, sifting and grinding – a few years ago I made a video about the process.

Watch the video

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