Finding someone mad enough to attempt growing wheat in the middle of London was a tough challenge. Add to this the wettest autumn in 50 years, followed by the coldest spring, and you can see why much of the wheat planted had failed.
Does the capital already have the tools to make its own bread? Over the next few weeks, Matt Ponsford intends to find out, by scouring the city for wheat, a mill and some yeast. In the first of four stories, his search begins at the Brixton Windmill.