Volunteer Grain Project at Strokestown Park

Irish Heritage Trust volunteers take on project to grow, harvest, mill and bake their own bread.

In 2023, a volunteer project commenced at Strokestown Park to grow and harvest grain, mill flour, and produce their own bread.

The idea was sparked from a 1940’s publication at the house called Dear Housewives by Doris Grant. The author encouraged homemakers to be their own bakers and give their families real bread. One of the volunteers, Cáit, had some experience sowing and harvesting rye and wheat. And so began a unique new sustainable endeavour at Strokestown Park.

This video tells the story of the success of the project, which was funded by Creative Ireland, and charts our volunteer efforts from preparing the ground right through to baking bread.

Volunteering at the Irish Heritage Trust

Strokestown Park, Fota House, Johnstown Castle and No. 11 Parnell Square have played important parts in their respective communities for generations.

Our award winning volunteer programme carries on that tradition through the ethos of conservation through community engagement and participation. Find out more.

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