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:
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Image Description: University of Maine; University of Vermont Extension, Cultivating Healthy Communities
Image Description: USDA United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service