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Wheat Baking Trials – Jan 2012

January 2012 – A group of bakers trialed 4 winter wheat varieties grown by the University of Vermont and University of Maine. Randy George from Red Hen Bakery, Jeffrey Hamelman from King Arthur Flour, Jim Amaral from Borealis Breads, and Alison Pray from Standard Baking Company participated.

2019 15th Annual Grain Growers Conference

“Stories of an Evolving Food System” is our theme for the 15th Annual Grain Growers Conference that is a collaboration with UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program (NWCS) and Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA).

We welcome you to join us!

WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 2019

TIME: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (registration starts at 8:15am)

WHERE: The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, VT

You can register and view our detailed brochure with agenda online at –

Cost is $75 per person or $50 per NGGA member, includes lunch.

More information on upcoming events can be found at: 

Highlights –

  • Former NH Commissioner of Agriculture and lifelong scholar of rural issues, Steve Taylor, will share a historical perspective on the changing agriculture landscape.
  • Founder of Carolina Ground, Jennifer Lapidus, will provide her experiences from Grain to Loaf at her regional flour mill located in NC.
  • There are many other great speakers and great topics including: malting grains, growing rice, rye breads, pollinator decline, commercial oil pressing, growing and milling spelt, cover crops, basics of growing hemp, camera-guided cultivation, and more.

Third Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference

The Third Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference will be held at Akaogi Farm in Westminster West, Vermont on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 from 9:00am-4:00pm. Lunch will be provided and the conference will focus on rice cuisine, culture, and history in the morning and general rice agronomy in the afternoon. Featuring:

Naomi Duguid (Author, Seductions of Rice)
Anna McClung (Research Leader, USDA ARS, Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center)
Glenn Roberts (Founder and Seedsman, Ansom Mills)

A Farmers’ Exchange (short presentations by farmers experimenting with rice in the northeastern United States).



Please click on the links to download PDF versions of the agenda and Farmers’ Exchange form.

Registration Fee: $50/person, $60/couple, $40/student

Registration fee includes lunch and copy of the 2011 conference proceedings. Register early, space is limited. To register, please provide your name, e-mail address, and a check made out to Mia Murphy, 351 Longley Road, Groton, MA 01450.

Your registration will not be complete until Mia receives payment. Confirmation of registration will be sent by e-mail. There are no refunds. However if you are unable to attend the conference, a copy of the 2011 conference proceedings will be mailed to you.

Interested in participating in the Farmers’ Exchange?

If you are a farmer in the northeastern United States who has been experimenting with growing rice, please contribute to the effort by filling out the attached information sheet. Please fill out the form even if you were unable to grow rice to maturation at your farm. Information about an attempt at growing rice that was not successful is as important as a success story. This data will be collected, consolidated, and presented during the Farmers’ Exchange at the Third Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference. The Farmers’ Exchange is a chance for farmers who are growing rice to give a short (5-10min) presentation about their experiences and discuss issues or questions with researchers, other farmers, and audience members. Please fill out the attached form and email to Mia Murphy by Friday, July 27th.

Additional details about the conference can be found at and will become available over the next couple weeks. Please feel free to contact Mia Murphy if you have any questions.

Mia Murphy
Outreach Coordinator
Growing Rice in the Northeastern USA

Grain Tour at Borderview Farm in Alburgh,VT

June 29, 2012 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Borderview Farm in Alburgh, VT

The NW Crops and Soils Program has been busy! Come check out all the grains trials that are usually harvested by the time of our Annual Field Day. There are over 1000 plots of spring and winter wheat, heirloom wheat, spring and  winter barley, and oats. We also have small grain trials on planting dates, weed control, and organic fertility!

Click here for a pdf with more information.



Celebrating 30 Years of Grain Production and Milling!

Location: Gleason Grains, Bridport, VT
Hosts: Ben and Theresa Gleason
Date: June 2, 2012
Time: 10:00am—1:00pm  (farm and mill tour)

Please join us for the first of our exciting 2012 on-farm workshop series from 10:00am-1:00pm and then stay to help celebrate 30 years of Gleason Grains from 1:00pm – 3:00pm!

This workshop will focus on grain production and  value-added processing as well as highlight a farmer participatory wheat breeding project.

To download a pdf version of the brochure and to find out more about registering for the event, click on the link.

8th Annual Grain Growers Conference

The 8th annual Grain Growers Conference will be held on March 15, 2012 at THE INN AT ESSEX in Essex, VT. The year’s conference is all about “THE SEEDS THAT FARMERS NEED”! Loïc Dewavrin of Longprés Farms in Quebec will be our keynote speaker. The Dewavrin Family operates a 1500-acre organic grain operation just across the border in Les Cedres, Quebec. They grow a variety of grains including barley, oats, wheat, sunflowers, and vetch. They are known for their innovative ideas especially in the area of breeding, cover cropping, tillage, and equipment fabrication. Frank Kutka from the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS) will talk about farmer-participatory breeding programs and seed security. Join Margaret Smith for a discussion on breeding high nutrition corn. Grain milling expert Thom Leonard will be teaching a milling intensive which will include the specifics of milling and conclude with a demonstration of how milling affects bread baking characteristics. There will be workshops on small-scale rice and edamame production, pretzel-making and much, much more!

Download the brochure, complete with full schedule, here.

Click here to register! You can also register by mail. Download the brochure for more info.

Butterworks Farm Field Day

This workshop, hosted by Jack and Anne Lazor at Butterworks Farm, will highlight post-harvest techniques for cleaning, storing, and processing small grains.  For more information, click here.

Intro to Bionutrient Rich Crop Production – August 22

Join Dan Kittredge, life-long organic farmer and Director of the Real Food Campaign, for a presentation and discussion of building vitality in soils, crops, and bodies. The evening event is free and open to the public, and will be held at Butterworks Farm in Westfield, VT.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011.  7-9 pm.

For more information, click here.

Annual UVM Extension Crops & Soils Field Day

August 4, 10am-4pm, Borderview Farm
146 Line Road, Alburgh, VT

This is your chance to see what Dr. Heather Darby and the Northwest Crops & Soils Team have been up to this year– learn about ongoing research on the production of corn, small grains, hops, oilseeds, forage crops, soybeans, and more. There will be information on fertility management, reduced tillage strategies, harvesting and storing techniques, forage rations, biofuel processing, and more.

Free for farmers, $20 for others (CCA credits available). Includes lunch made with local products.

For more information or to register, please contact:
Heather Darby [email protected]
by July 29, 2011 — Phone: 802-524-6501
Individuals requesting a disability-related accomodation to participate in this program should contact Elaine Burnor at 802-524-6501 or 800-639-2130 by July 28, 2011.

For more information and to download the brochure for this event, click here.

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Production & Processing of Organic Grain: Getting to the Nitty Gritty

June 21, 11am-3pm, Aurora Farms
4458 Lake Road, Charlotte, VT

Tom Kenyon is a seventh generation farmer who has been growing hay and grains at Aurora Farms in Charlotte for over 23 years.  He and his family sell their whole meal grains and flours in local stores and through their website under the label the Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Vermont. Tom and his son, David, will be discussing their production and processing techniques for growing organic corn and wheat, including their spring topdressing. Aurora Farms recently received a SARE partnership grant with UVM to look at inter-seeding wheat with clover.  UVM graduate student, Jon Zirkle, will discuss his research on interseeding wheat with clover and the effects on Fusarium Head Blight and DON.

The workshop fee is $15.00 per person; lunch will be provided by the NOFA pizza oven.

For more information or to register, please contact:
Heather Darby or Susan Monahan
by June 14, 2011 — Phone: 802-524-6501

For more information and to download the brochure for this event, click here.
For directions, check out this google map.

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