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.

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.

COVID-19 update related to the Cereal Grains Testing Lab.

As we are following the University of Vermont procedures regarding COVID-19, the NWCS Cereal Testing Lab will remain open with normal turnaround time for samples. Please email us at if you have any questions.

The NWCS web site also contains information and resources related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please view the page for the resources –

2020 Winter Conferences

The winter conferences are completed. We did have to cancel the Grain Growers Conference, but held a Grain Growers Webinar instead. Please view the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program Conferences and Events page ( to see any past events and links to copies of presentations when available.

On March 24, 2020, we had a Grain Growers Webinar (PDF). from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It included the following two webinar presentations that you can now access to watch. Each are 1 hour or under.
Growing Rye for Flavor and Function (YouTube video available) with Aaron MacLeod of Hartwick College.
Cover Crop Based No-Till and Interseeding Techniques (YouTube video available) with Erin Silva from University of Wisconsin.

The NEEOGRAIN Virtual Crop Hour

This offer of virtual webinars is being done in collaboration with ACORN, Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program.  The NEEOGRAIN Network is an organic grain initiative established to increase networking and collaboration among farmers throughout the northeastern US and eastern Canada. View the webinar details and links to past webinars on the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program Grains web page.


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: