Wheat sheaf, La Grassa Pasta, Anchorage, Alaska.
One of the reasons that wheat can be endlessly interesting is that it is one of the world's three or four major food crops, and is constantly affected by events that seem very far removed. I came across an interesting set of side notes about wheat today that illustrated this well. An article about the Svalbard international seed bank from the Washington Post re-published just recently in the Alaska Dispatch News mentioned that for the first time some boxes of seeds were being withdrawn :
Bob Van Veldhuizen, small grains research specialist ant University of Alaska Fairbanks, holds some of his experimental wheat seeds.
All photos by Teri White Carns, 2015.