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.

2021 Conferences & Events:

Fall Field Day at Borderview Farm

WHEN: Friday, October 22, 2021
WHERE: Borderview Farm, 487 Line Road, Alburgh, VT 05440
TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

View the Fall Field Day Flyer here (PDF). Come learn about the latest research in small grains, cover crops, soil health, and forages. We will be touring research trials evaluating perennial grass varieties, fall forages, stockpiled forages, and a variety of cover crop trials. Roy Desrochers, UVM Sensory Expert, will also provide a fun and educational session tasting and describing local grains!

We will also be having a dedication of the new E.E. Cummings Crop Testing Lab and celebrating the lives of our friends Erica Cummings, Ken Van Hazinga, and Jack Lazor. Join us to remember and celebrate their love of agriculture and our small farming community.

Field Day Registration is Free but we do ask you to please pre-register at by October 20, 2021. Maximum number of 80 registrants allowed. Rain or shine, please dress appropriately and bring your own water.

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.

Register online  –  click here!
Or you can call UVM’s Non-Credit Registrar’s Office, 802-656-8407.


NOTE: The cost per sample for the Cereal Grains and Malting Barley samples will be increasing slightly effective July 1, 2021 due to increases in our supply cost. All submission forms will be updated effective July 1, 2021.

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: