The Northern Grain Growers Association is a “farm grown” organization that started in 2004 and now has over 60 members including growers, malsters, bakers, food system enthusiasts, food business owners, distributors and more! We focus on plant breeding, organic seed saving, variety improvement, and broadly all aspects of grain production – conventional, organic, and in between.

2022 Conferences & Events:

2022 Grain Grower Series

We decided to not have an in-person conference this year, again. Instead NGGA and UVM NWCS are offering three virtual programs that are being offered over the course of three weeks with a series of videos, presentations, and hands-on activities, each highlighting a specific grain crop in the Northeast. View the Grain Grower Series brochure here. You can also see detailed information about this series and other conferences being offered on the NWCS Conferences web page –

RESILIENCE IN RYERegister Here – no cost and includes two virtual sessions

  • Tuesday, March 22:  11:30am-1:00pm:  Ecological Rye Production with Sandy Syburg of White Oak Farm in Wisconsin
  • Thursday, March 24: 11:30am-1:00pm:  Conditioning, Aeration, and Storage of Grain with Don Hosteler of Brock Grain Systems in Indiana

DYNAMIC DRY BEANSRegister Hereno cost, includes one virtual session

  • Wednesday, March 30: 12:00pm-1:00pm:  Dynamic Dry Beans with Heather Darby (UVM) and Sarah Pethybridge, Kristen Loria, and Matthew Ryan of Cornell University.

THE ANATOMY OF WHEAT FLOURRegister Herecost is $25 per person and includes box of materials that will be mailed to you.

Please register by March 28 to receive a box of materials for participation in the Anatomy of Wheat Flour program! Limit 50 participants.

  • Tuesday, April 5: 11:30 am-1:00pm:  PART 1—From the Field to the Lab with Heather Darby of UVM Extension, Carrie Brisson of King Arthur, Randy George of Red Hen Baking Co., and Jeffrey Hamelman of King Arthur
  • Wednesday, April 6: 11:30am-1:00pm:  PART 2—From the Mill to the Bakery with Andrew Heyn of New American Stone Mills

Past: 2021 Grain Growers Conference – Out of the Box Webinar Series

In a year like no other, the Northern Grain Growers Association and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program are bringing the Grain Growers Conference to you!  Three virtual programs are being offered, over the course of three weeks, with a series of videos, presentations, and even hands-on activities, each highlighting a specific grain crop in the Northeast.  Sign up for a single  program or all three! They will start March 23 and end April 9.

Please view the Grain Growers Conference brochure for all the details and speaker bios. You can also view the the Grain Growers Conference web page for all the conference details.


In Honor of Erica E. Cummings

We were sad to share that our friend Erica Cummings passed away in March 2021. 

Of her greatest gifts to our Team was her commitment to grains quality. If it wasn’t for Erica, there would be no UVM Cereal Grain Testing Laboratory. In honor of Erica, the lab that she established will be dedicated in her name as the E. E. Cummings Crop Testing Laboratory at the University of Vermont. We intend to honor Erica’s passion for agriculture and commitment to farmers by continuing to offer our research and services, knowing that she will still be there watching over us all, and remembering her beautiful smile, kindness and willingness to pitch in.

In honor of Erica, we have created a web page called In Honor of Erica E. Cummings.

Remembering Jack Lazor

Click here to learn about donating to the Northern Flint Corn Consortium in honor of Jack. The primary goal of the Northern Flint Corn Consortium is to help increase food production among Indigenous people and to help them find ways to sustain it.  Education of students, participatory learning with the public, new connections, and new seeds for those who desire them.

Northeast Dry Bean Production Guide Now Available

Thanks to a grant from Northeast SARE, we have developed a guide on growing, harvesting, and storing dry beans for Northeast growing conditions. See the guide at: