2012 Artisan Bread Fair

July 20th, 2012 10:10 AM

Maine Grain Alliance expects over 2500 people to take part in its Artisan Bread Fair on July 28, 9am-3pm, at the Skowhegan Fair Grounds.  This annual event follows the 2-day Kneading Conference.  To find out more, visit  http://kneadingconference.com/2011-artisan-bread-fair/.

UVM Grain Research Tour

June 19th, 2012 10:06 AM

LOCATION: Borderview Research Farm, 146 Line Road, Alburgh, VT
HOSTS: NW Crops and Soils Program
DATE: June 29, 2012
TIME: 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
COST: Free

The NW Crops and Soils Program has been busy! Come check out all the grains trials that are usually harvested by the time of our Annual Field Day. There are over 1000 plots of spring and winter wheat, heirloom wheat, spring and winter barley, and oats. We also have small grain trials on planting dates, weed control, and organic fertility!

For more information or to register, please contact: Heather Darby or Erica Cummings by June 28, 2012. Phone: 802-524-6501 or e-mail: heather.darby[at]uvm.edu or erica.cummings[at]uvm.edu

SAVE THE DATE: UMaine Small Grain and Forage Field Day, July 10, 2012

June 5th, 2012 11:20 AM

UMaine Small Grain and Forage Field Day

field of ripe wheatJuly 10, 2012
5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (registration starts at 5:15)
UMaine Rogers Forage & Crops Research Farm
Stillwater, Maine

Event flier (PDF)

Please join us to learn about:

  • Small grain varieties for organic production and later fall planting (wheat, spelt, flax)
  • Growing flax for feed to alter milk quality
  • Summer slump pasture forages
  • Fitting wheat into dairy rotations
  • Preplant nitrogen sources for organic bread wheat yield and quality
  • Nitrogen topdressing decision tools for organic bread wheat
  • Microbial soil inoculants for wheat

Speakers include:

  • Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension Educator
  • Ellen Mallory, UMaine Extension Sustainable Agriculture Specialist
  • Tom Molloy, UMaine Research Associate
  • Aaron Englander, UMaine Graduate Student

No pre?registration required. Refreshments provided.

Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available.

For more information, contact: Ellen Mallory at ellen.mallory@maine.edu; 207?581?2942

Directions: The UMaine Rogers Farm is located on Rt. 16, 1.5 miles north of Stillwater, ME. Take exit 193 off I?95 and head east toward Old Town on Stillwater Ave. At the third set of lights, turn left onto Bennoch Rd. (Rt. 16). The Rogers Farm is 1.5 miles north on Bennoch Rd.

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding non-discrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 581-1226.

If you are a person with a disability and will need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Ellen Mallory at 207?581?2941 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.

Heritage Wheat Workshop

June 5th, 2012 11:16 AM

Restoring Landrace Wheat

June 22, 2012
11:00 – 7:00
Potluck Meals, MOFGA
See: growseed.org

With

  • Gary Nabhan, nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable ag activist
  • Tom Payne, Director of the world’s largest wheat genebank
  • Ellen Mallory, NNE Local Bread Wheat Project

Join us to discover little-know landrace wheat biodiversity and share practical skills for seed-saving landrace wheats.

Participants will receive free landrace seeds from the Heritage Grain Conservancy, the outcome of three years of on-farm organic trials funded by SARE. List: growseed.org/catalogue1.pdf

Organized by Eli Rogosa, Heritage Wheat Conservancy

New Publication!

February 22nd, 2012 10:40 AM

Understanding Wheat Quality — What Bakers and Millers Need, and What Farmer Can Do” now available.

2012 Maine Grain Conference: February 17

February 6th, 2012 11:13 AM

Commercial Production for Food & Feed
Friday, February 17, 2012

Bangor Banquet & Conference Center (at Bangor Motor Inn, Hogan Rd.)
Register by February 10:
$15 includes lunch.

Come hear what’s going on with food and organic feed-grade markets and how to produce quality grains. A panel of grain buyers will discuss what they’re looking for. Farmer and co-owner of Farmer Ground Flour, Thor Oechsner, will talk about growing, handling, and processing food and feed grains. Elizabeth Dyck, Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network, will share her insights from working with farmers in New York and Pennsylvania to supply grains to local markets. Jake Dyer, of UMaine and Qualey Farms, will tell how he’s reduced feed costs for the UMaine dairy herd by growing his own barley. Alice Percy, Treble Ridge Farm, will talk about small scale production of feed and food grains. Also, fitting organic grains into forage and crop rotations, UMaine research wheat research results, and more.

SAVE THE DATE: Vermont Conference, March 15

February 6th, 2012 11:04 AM

The annual Northern Grain Growers Association’s conference will be held on March 15, 2012 at THE INN AT ESSEX in Essex, VT. The year’s conference is all about “THE SEEDS THAT FARMERS NEED”! Loïc Dewavrin of Longprés Farms in Quebec will be our keynote speaker. The Dewavrin Family operates a 1500 acre organic grain operation just across the border in Les Cedres, Quebec. They grow a variety of grains including barley, oats, wheat, sunflowers, and vetch. This family is known for their innovative ideas especially in the area of breeding, cover cropping, tillage, and equipment fabrication. Frank Kutka from the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS) will talk about farmer-participatory breeding programs and seed security. Join Margaret Smith for a discussion on breeding high nutrition corn. Grain milling expert Tom Leonard will be teaching a milling intensive which will include the specifics of milling and conclude with a demonstration of how milling affects bread baking characteristics. There will be workshops on small-scale rice and edamame production, pretzel making and much, much more!

2012 NGGA Conference: March 15

February 2nd, 2012 11:04 AM

The 8th annual Grain Growers Conference will be held on March 15, 2012 at THE INN AT ESSEX in Essex, VT. The year’s conference is all about “THE SEEDS THAT FARMERS NEED”! Loïc Dewavrin of Longprés Farms in Quebec will be our keynote speaker. The Dewavrin Family operates a 1500 acre organic grain operation just across the border in Les Cedres, Quebec. They grow a variety of grains including barley, oats, wheat, sunflowers, and vetch. This family is known for their innovative ideas especially in the area of breeding, cover cropping, tillage, and equipment fabrication. Frank Kutka from the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS) will talk about farmer-participatory breeding programs and seed security. Join Margaret Smith for a discussion on breeding high nutrition corn. Grain milling expert Thom Leonard will be teaching a milling intensive which will include the specifics of milling and conclude with a demonstration of how milling affects bread baking characteristics. There will be workshops on small-scale rice and edamame production, pretzel-making and much, much more!

For more information and to register, visit the Northern Grain Growers Association website.

SAVE THE DATE: Maine Conference, February 17

January 9th, 2012 1:27 AM

Maine Grain Conference: Commercial Production for Food and Feed
Friday, February 17, 2012
Bangor Banquet and Conference Center (at Bangor Motor Inn)

Come here what’s going on with food and organic feed-grade markets and how to produce quality grains. A panel of grain buyers will discuss what their looking for. Farmer and co-owner of Farmer Ground Flour, Thor Oechsner, will talk about growing, handling, and processing food-grade grains. Elizabeth Dyck, Organic Growers’ Research and Information Sharing Network, will share her insights from working with farmers in New York and Pennsylvania to supply grains to local markets. Jake Dyer, of UMaine and Qualey Farms, will tell how he’s reduce feed costs for the UMaine dairy herd by growing his own barley. Alice Percy, Treble Ridge Farm, will talk about small scale production of feed and food grains. Also, fitting organic grains into forage and crop rotations, UMaine research wheat research results, and more.

Bake Testing Winter Varieties

January 7th, 2012 9:05 AM

Four artisan bakers from Vermont and Maine gathered in early January to develop a standard method to bake test flours from our wheat variety trials. Jerry, AC Morley, Redeemer, and Zorro were tested. More varieties will be tested in the coming months. Redeemer was a favorite for dough and baking properties. Redeemer also ranked highest in informal taste tests for taste and texture, although many liked Zorro and Jerry as well. View our bake testing photos.