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Welcome to Northern New England Local Bread Wheat

The Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project is a collaborative project among researchers, farmers, millers, and bakers in Vermont and Maine to help farmers increase production and quality of organic bread wheat through research, education, and networking.

Project coordinators:
Ellen Mallory
, University of Maine
Heather Darby
, University of Vermont


2017 Grain Conferences

March 13
2017 Maine Grain Conference
9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Southern Aroostook Agriculture Museum
Littleton, Maine

March 23
13th Annual Vermont Grain Growers Conference
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Essex Resort and Spa
Essex, Vermont

2016 Field Days and Twilight Meetings

June 21
Getting Started with Grains
Rogers Farmstead
Berlin, Vermont
The Rogers will discuss starting a farm business, sourcing equipment, and small grain productions and processing.

June 28
University of Vermont Grain Research Tour
Borderview Research Farm
Alburgh, Vermont
Tour over 1,000 plots of wheat, barley, oats, heirlooms, and dry beans. See trials on evaluating biocontrol of head blight, organic weed control strategies, green manure underseeding, and winter barley planting date and fertility studies. Also see the new band seeder equipment.

July 7
Malt Workshop and Field Day
1:00-4:00 PM
UMaine Rogers Research Farm
914 Bennoch Road, Old Town, Maine
Join experts and colleagues for an afternoon at the farm as we explore MALT, and its influences and potential in craft beer. Our guest speaker, Aaron MacLeod, is a North American expert on malt analysis and has worked for more than a decade in the malting industry including in the malt quality lab for the Canadian Grain Commission and positions in the American Society for Brewing Chemists (ASBC). Workshops include presentations, discussion, and demonstrations designed for participants with all levels of familiarity with Malt. The day will wrap up with a tour of the Eastern Spring Barley Nursery, a collaborative effort to identify malting barley varieties for this region, and an After Party at Black Bear Microbrew in Orono—featuring a beer with a 100% Maine grain bill!  Presented by Blue Ox Malthouse, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Center for Craft Food & Beverage, Hartwick College. This is a FREE event. RSVP at the Eventbrite Page and Facebook Page.

July 13
Organic Wheat Production and Processing in Quebec
1:00-3:00 PM
Les Moulin des Cedres
Les Cedres, Quebec, Canada
Les Moulin des Cedres is a certified organic farm that grows grain, soy, and oil seed for market and Red Hen Bakery in Vermont.  Receive a tour and hear a presentation on the methods and equipment required to produce a good quality wheat crop and explanation on how to transform the crop into nice, unique flour.  Please pre-register by clicking on link above.

July 14
Grains and Dry Beans in Vermont
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Morningstar Meadows Farm
Glover, Vermont
Join us to see grain and bean trials, and hear about heirloom variety assessment, understanding disease and insect issues, and developing planting date and seeding rate recommendations.  You will also learn about dry bean seed saving, proper harvesting, cleaning, and storage techniques.  Register here for this Free event that includes a pizza lunch!

July 19
2016 Aroostook Grain and Alternative Crops Twilight Meeting
6:00–8:00 PM  (registration starts at 5:30pm)
UMaine Cooperative Extension Office
57 Houlton Road
Presque Isle, Maine
Topics include: Malt barley varieties, disease census in cereals, cover cropping, managing grain protein, alternative crops, and crop insurance and Farm Service Agency programs.  Presenters include Tom Molloy, Sustainable Ag. Research Associate, UMaine, Andrew Plant, Extension Ag. Educator, UMaine, Jake Dyer, Agronomy/Crop and Variety Development, Maine Potato Board, Erin Roche, Extension Crop Insurance Education Program, UMaine, Don Todd, State of Maine Executive Director, USDA-FSA, and Brandon Willis, National Administrator, USDA-RMA.

July 28
Northwest Vermont Annual Crops & Soils Field Day
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Borderview Research Farm
Alburgh, Vermont
This year’s theme is “Eat It, Drink It, Feed It, Fuel It: Conducting Food System Research Crop by Crop”.  View our field day event flyer to see details and registration information.  

July 30
2016 Rusted Rooster Farm Walk
3:30 PM
Rusted Rooster Farm
Parkman, Maine
Sean and Sandra O’Donnell invite anyone interested in grain production on a walking tour of their grain fields followed by snacks and discussion. They are growing a wide variety of cereal grains (wheat, oats, barley, flint corn, and millet) and legumes (field peas, soybeans, and dry beans), and have special projects customizing spring wheat varieties for their farm and producing seed of improved Red Fife wheat in collaboration with the University of Maine and Cornell University. This is a great chance to discuss the nuts and bolts of organic grain production with the O’Donnells and others. Bring a snack to share.

2016 Kneading Conference – July 28 & 30, Skowhegan Maine

Visit Maine Grain & Oilseed Website and Newsletter – from UMaine Extension!

Watch our video series: Bread Wheat in Denmark and Local Wheat in Quebec

handful of grain group picture

University of Maine; University of Vermont Extension, Cultivating Healthy Communities

USDA United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Organic Research and Extension Initiative, Award No. 2009?01366, “Enhancing farmers’ capacity to produce high quality organic bread wheat.”

USDA, United States Department of Agriculture, National Insitute of Food and Agriculture