Crop to Crust



Celebrating the food chain that is Farmer - Traditional Miller - Baker

Saturday 8th October 2016

Sacrewell Watermill & Heritage Farm, Near Peterborough


The Mills Section in partnership with the Real Bread Campaign and the Traditional Cornmillers Guild is delighted to be hosting the second Crop to Crust event, at Sacrewell Watermill, Thornaugh, Near Peterborough.

Whether you are a farmer interested in growing wheat for traditional mills, someone involved in traditional milling, or a baker - domestic, artisan or commercial - Crop to Crust II is the event for you!

Building on the success of the first Crop to Crust conference in 2011, Crop to Crust II will focus on the links from farmer to mill to baker to consumer today, and will celebrate the role that Britain's traditional windmills and watermills are playing in helping change rural life the quality and value of our most essential staple food: bread.

This conference is about how traditional mills can enhance the sustainability of rural communities by sourcing more food locally, developing specialist varieties and breeds of wheat, maintaining biodiversity, ensuring best fit to local soil and climate, and making the maximum possible use of renewable energy. We will share the success stories of farmers, millers and bakers working together to produce fantastic wheat, flour and breads with great provenance - local food for local people!

Join us to hear presentations from leading farmers, milers, bakers and writers, share your passion with fellow delegates in our Q&A sessions, come and explore Sacrewell Watermill and enjoy baking demonstrations using the wood-fired oven of its 19th-century bakehouse. Chew on some thought-provoking ideas, meet new suppliers and sample a range of delicious breads made by talented artisan bakers who will be joining us.

Our speakers will include:

Howard Roberts      Organic Farmer
Peter Walkin            Organic Farmer, Miller and Baker
James Waterfield    Master Miller (Maud Foster Windmill, Boston)
David Howell           Master Miller (Offley Watermill)
Vanessa Kimbell      Baker, Writer and Owner of the Sourdough Bread School
Tom Herbert            Baker, Writer, TV Presenter and Innovations Director of Hobbs House Bakery
Chris Young             Real Bread Campaign
Paul Wyman            Chairman of the Traditional Cornmillers Guild and Master Miller (Tuxford Windmill)
Jonathan Cook        Chairman of the SPAB Mills Section and Master Miller (Fosters Windmill, Swaffham Prior)

£42.50 with lunch / £35 without lunch

Registration from 10am, conference begins at 10.30am (ends approx. 5pm).
Venue: Sacrewell Heritage Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ - just off the A1 near Peterborough. Nearest railway station is Peterborough.

Online bookings are no longer available. For last-minute bookings, please contact Sophie at the Mills Section on 020 7456 0909 (Tuesdays to Thursdays only).


By Car
Sacrewell is situated off the A47 Peterborough to Leicester road, where the A47 crosses the A1 at Wansford. It is well signposted on each road, with brown signs. The nearest village is Wansford and the closest postcode is PE8 6LB (ignore your Satnav as you approach Sacrewell). See here for further details.

By Public Transport
The nearest railway stations are Peterborough and Stamford. An on-demand bus service operates from these stations to Sacrewell.
(The journey time from Peterborough is approx. 15 minutes, and fares are £3.90 single, £6.40 return).
Bookings can be made up to a week in advance, and early booking is recommended. Call 0345 263 8153 for more information.


We are grateful to the William Scott Abbott Trust, the team at Sacrewell and to PGRO for the use of the facilities.

Sacrewell is part of the William Scott Abbott Trust, Registered Charity no. 233603