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John Letts

Archaeo Botanist & Grain Supplier

John Letts

John was born in Canada and lives in Oxford with his family.  After studying Environmental Science & Botany at Trent University in Ontario he gained a Master’s degree in Environmental Archaeology from UCL.

A chance event, being gifted a shoebox full of wheat sourced from the bottom layers of an old thatched roof, led John to the scientific breakthrough that there were up to 250 different types of wheat growing in any one field in past times with ancient yields matching those achieved in today’s organic farms.   John then spent the next 15 years scouring seed banks and other sources around the world to find, sow and propagate the right varieties to create bio-diverse ‘land races’.

An advisor to a growing band of farmers and food manufacturers on the subject of heritage grains and sustainability John’s mission is to “Show that you can grow heritage grains in a profitable, sustainable and environmentally friendly way.”

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