2016 Grain Growers Conference "From the Soil Up"

Essex, Vermont
Thursday, March 17, 2016
2016 Grain Growers Conference "From the Soil Up"
Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)

The Essex Resort & Spa
70 Essex Way
Essex, Vermont 05452
United States

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Please join us for our 2016 12th Annual Grain Growers Conference!

We are excited to welcome this year's keynote speaker author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement.  In 2014, Bill was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the 'alternative Nobel.'  Bill will address climate change and the role farmers play in carbon sequestering.

Farmer and processor Greg Johnsman from Geechee Boy Mills in Edisto Island, South Carolina will be joining us to discuss heirloom corn and the secrets to milling corn into grits, meal and flour.  Andrew Heyn and Blair Marvin from Elmore Mountain Bread will share their experiences constructing a custom built stone mill used for milling all the grains in their breads.  Local farmers Thor Oechsner and Sean O'Donnell till share their Northeast grain growing experiences.  We will hear about grain disease from Cornell Plant Pathologist Jaime Cummings, and Brook Brouwer from the Organic Seed Alliance will be here to discuss growing barley for craft malt industry and on-farm seed production of dry beans and barley.

There will also be sessions on soil health, dry bean production, grain research, marketing, hands-on baking and more!  Guest bakers will be from King Arthur Flour and the VT Bean Crafters.

Contact Information

  • Susan Brouillette
    Phone: 802-524-6501 ext. 432
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