Growing Grains Locally: Wheat Research Field Day, Northeast Grain Conference

Reflecting the expanding interest in locally grown grain, the upcoming Twilight Meeting: Wheat Research Field Day in Stillwater, ME, and the 2-day Northeast Grain Conference in South Deerfield, MA, offer opportunties for learning more:

Twilight Meeting: Wheat Research Field Day
University of Maine Rogers Forage and Crops Research Farm, Stillwater, ME
Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 6–8 p.m.
Free, registration starts at 5:45 pm

Come learn about bread wheat varieties, fertility strategies for high quality grain, organic weed management, soil inoculants, and integrating wheat into dairy rotations.

• Fitting wheat into dairy rotations
• Bread wheat varieties for organic production
• Weed management for organic cereals
• Topdressing nitrogen to improve bread wheat yield & quality
• Frost-seeding clovers into winter grains
• Microbial soil inoculants for wheat: farm‐produced and purchased

Sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Contact: Ellen Mallory, (207) 581-2942,

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For more information:

Northeast Grain Conference: Bread, Beer, & Biodiversity
• Thursday, July 14: Growing Local Grains
UMass Agronomy Farm, 89-91 River Road, South Deerfield, MA

• Friday, July 15: Community Grain Festival
Colrain Seed Farm, 400 Adamsville Road, Colrain, MA

Join us at a regional event on growing organic landrace grains, share skills to reinvigorate heritage grain traditions, exchange seeds, learn how to bake artisan bread in a wood-fired oven, brew artisan beer, and celebrate the harvest. Tour 2.5 acres of organic grain trials, and learn on-farm breeding to develop varieties best adapted to your farm and markets. Two days of workshops and tours. Registration: July 14 – $25, pre-registration by July 11th encouraged; July 15 – $20 and potluck. Rustic accomodations available.

The Grain Conference is a collaborative initiative of Northeast Organic Wheat and UMass Extension. Contact: Eli Rogosa,

For more information and to register:

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  1. Philip Alpert
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink




  2. Debra
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Hello Philip,
    Here on the Seacoast, there’s the Great Bay Grain Cooperative, one of GreenStart’s programs. They have a contact form online:

    And colleagues in Vermont are researching growing rice:

    Hope this helps!

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