2021 Grain Growers Conference - Out of the Box Webinar Series

In a year like no other, the Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA) and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) are bringing the Grain Growers Conference to you!  Three virtual programs are being offered, over the course of three weeks, with a series of videos, presentations, and even hands-on activities, each highlighting a specific grain crop in the Northeast.  Sign up for a single  program or all three!

The Culture of Corn - March 23 - 26
A multi-day interactive virtual workshop exploring the cultural and agronomic significance of specialty corns in the Northeast.  This is a unique experience-based educational week in which you will sign up and receive a box of supplies in the mail to fully engage with the workshop events.  Over the course of four days, this virtual experience will include a combination of pre-recorded videos, live virtual presentations, and a box of ingredients and materials to make your very own hominy, corn soup, and arepas. 

All recordings for the Culture of Corn Workshop Series will be edited and posted within 1 week of the live date. They can be accessed on the Culture of Corn webpage housed on Extension Foundation. Below are instructions for how to access:

Resources Website Through Extension’s Online Campus, the Extension Foundation:
This is where participants can go to find everything they need for The Culture of Corn.  Each session is listed chronologically and has a separate module within the online course.  The modules list the topic, speaker(s), and supplemental resources.  After each session is finished, the recorded presentation video will be archived and made available on this site within 7 days of the live event.

  • Accessing the Site – The site (and webinar recordings) will be housed on Extension Foundation at: http://campus.extension.org.  If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.
  • Once you have created an account, you may access The Culture of Corn’s webpage at any time by going to:  https://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=2034 Or, type in “The Culture of Corn” in the Search Courses box to find it easily!

The Resonance of Rye - March 30 and 31
Rye has great potential as a grain crop for the Northeast and we have only scratched the surface.  Many farmers know it and grow it as a cover crop.  But, it also yields well and has potential to make great tasting food and beverages.  Join this program to learn about growing cereal rye for human consumption, post-harvest handling, cleaning and storage and a sourdough baking  demonstration.

The Splendor of Spelt - April 8 and 9
Spelt is an ancient relative of wheat that is making a splash in specialty and health-food markets.  Questions abound, such as where did it come from? If I’m a farmer, how do I grow, process and sell it?  If I’m a baker, what does it taste like and how do I bake with it?  This program will answer these questions and many more as it guides you through the stages of producing this emerging specialty grain from saving seed and restoring varieties, trialing plots on-farm, farmer-made dehulling and handling equipment, and finally baking with spelt flour.

Please view the Grain Growers Conference brochure for all the details and speaker bios.

Register online  -  click here!    Or go to https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=607299&
Or you can call UVM’s Non-Credit Registrar’s Office, 802-656-8407.

If you require an accommodation related to a disability, please contact UVM Student Accessibility Services at  access@uvm.edu or 802-656-7753.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Susan.Brouillette@uvm.edu or Heather.Darby@uvm.edu or call 802-524-6501.

Conference Details

The Culture of Corn*
$50
March 23: 12:30 - 2:00pm
March 24: 12:30 - 2:00pm
March 25: 12:30 - 2:00pm
March 26: 12:30 - 2:00pm
*Must register by 3/12 and limit of 50 registrants

The Resonance of Rye
$25
March 30: 12:30 - 2:00pm
March 31: 12:30 - 2:00pm

The Splendor of Spelt
$25
April 8: 12:30 - 2:00pm
April 9: 12:30 - 2:00pm

Attend all three for $75

Virtual experiences from the comfort of your own home!