We are planning to offer a series of 3 webinars, each lasting from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The webinars may be a combination of pre-recorded presentations, as well as live presentations, with time for Q&A with the presenters. View the Webinar Series brochure here.
The webinar events are as follows:
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - Amber Lambke of Maine's Grains will speak about her involvement with the company, their mission, production methods, collaboration with farmers, and implications for grains in the Northeast.
Friday, March 24, 2023 - Reviving Heritage Grains: Sourcing seed, trialing varieties, and cultivating a network of growers. In recent years, interest in reviving the growing of heritage grains has risen dramatically given their flavor, adaptability to a range of growing conditions, their high nutrient content, potential for excellent baking qualities, and compelling histories. In order to meet the demand, there are key quesions that need to be addressed, such as the sourcing of seed, trialing and evaluating different varieties, and establishing networks among growers and end users. The three presenters in this webinar, Richard Roberts, Don Lewis, and Bill McDorman will share their experiences and what they have learned over the many years they have devoted to this work.
Friday, March 31, 2023 - NGGA Hits the Road. This winter the Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA) and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) are hitting the road! We are going on educational excursions to local grain-focused businesses and farms and will be sharing our findings. Businesses include SILO Distillery (Windsor, VT), Caledonia Spirits (Montpelier, VT), Harpoon Brewing (Windsor, VT), Vermont Bean Crafters (Warren, VT), Seneca Grain (Penn Yan, NY), Oechsner Farms (Newfield, NY), Farmer Ground Floor (Trumansburg, NY), and Wide Awake Bakery (Trumansburg, NY). During this webinar, we will share videos and information from the tours and visits we will be making.
All these webinars will be free, but we do ask for you to please pre-register via our Zoom registration link - https://go.uvm.edu/2023graingrowerwebinars
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link to join the webinars. It will be one link for all webinars.