University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

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10th Annual Grain Growers Conference: "Grow It Here"

March 13, 2014

The Essex Resort
Essex, Vermont

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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We are excited to announce that Vermont's own Jack Lazor - grain grower extraordinaire, co-owner of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Vermont, and renowned author - will be this year's keynote speaker! Some key topics will include dry beans, buck wheat, malting barley and much more!

Of special interest are hands-on baking classes on sweet and savory scones and cooking with buckwheat. Tom Sabo and Mary Whalen, assisted by their students from Montpelier High School, will share how they use local grains in youth education. Paula Gray will describe the Bake for Good Kids Program at King Arthur Flour and will teach participants how to knead, shape and bake bread. Loaves will be baked by the Essex Resort and donated to Tim's House in St. Albans.

The conference will conclude with a talk on evaluating bread made with local grains, followed by a social hour and networking session. The presentation, which includes bread tastings, will be led by Jeffrey Hamelman of King Arthur Flour, Norwich; Randy George of Red Hen Bakery, Middlesex and John Mellquist of Trukenbrod Mill and Bakery, Vershire.


Please register online below by March 10, 2014. To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 or by February 20, 2014 so we may assist you.


Thanks to our sponsors for helping make the conference possible.

Platinum Level
  • King Arthur Flour
  • Northern Grain Growers Association
Silver Level
  • Morrison's Custom feeds
Bronze Level
  • Blue River Hybrids
  • Caledonia Spirits
  • City Market Coop
  • Frazer Insurance Agency
  • Hunger Mountain Coop
  • Organic Valley
  • Yankee Farm Credit
  • Castanea Foundation, Inc.

Any reference to commercial products, trade names, or brand names is for information only, and no endorsement or approval is intended.

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