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Northern New England Local Bread Wheat

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The Project

Helping local farmers produce high-quality organic bread wheat for our region’s millers and bakers.

Growing demand for local organic food has inspired new efforts to revive a staple element of the New England food system … bread.

Millers and bakers, however, cannot find enough locally grown organic wheat, and that which is available often does not meet the higher quality standards for bread production. Supplying this expanding market for organic bread wheat represents a significant opportunity for our region’s farmers.

Our group of 10 researchers and extension educators were recently awarded a $1.3 million grant from the USDA to increase farmers’ capacity to produce high-quality organic bread wheat. In partnership with local farmers, millers, and bakers, we will work on three main initiatives over the next four years: photo by Jim Amaral, Borealis Breads


Tools for Farmers:

Networking and Education:

Project partners include:

 Maine Grains Alliance, Northern Grain Growers Association, Aurora Mill and Farms, Butterworks Farm, Borealis Breads, The King Arthur Flour Company, Wood Prairie Farm, Red Hen Baking Company, Naga Bakehouse

For more information please contact:

Ellen Mallory in Maine or Heather Darby in Vermont

Image Description: bread

Image Description: University of Maine; University of Vermont Extension, Cultivating Healthy Communities

Image Description: USDA United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service


Contact Information

Northern New England Local Bread Wheat
495 College Avenue
Orono, ME 04473
Phone: 207.581.2942E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System