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. This family is 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!
For more information and to register, visit the Northern Grain Growers Association website