Local Grain Lollapalooza
Given the strong and unmet consumer demand for locally grown grains, farmers have an opportunity to develop grain enterprises with good profit potential. Join the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) and OGRIN for a field event at Earth’s Harvest Farm (Morris, NY) that will cover value-added grain production from “soup to nuts,” including
· A discussion of the grains and specialty field crops in demand and how to grow them, such as wheat, hulled and hulless barley and oats, rye, ancient grains, heirloom corn, buckwheat, flax, and more
· Demos of affordable production and processing equipment, including combines, grain cleaners, mills, an oat roller, and grain dehuller
· Local and regional retail and wholesale marketing options
· A tasting of local whole grains and grain products
Presenters include: Paul Koch, operator of Earth’s Harvest Farm’s micro-processing facility that produces a line of organic hot cereals and flours; Bill Powers, garlic grower who is developing small-scale grain production on his farm near Hartwick, NY; and Thor Oechsner, long-time, larger-scale organic grain farmer and co-owner of the Farmer Ground Flour Mill (Trumansburg, NY).
This event is for farmers new to grains, those seeking to increase profitability of their grain enterprises, and consumers interested in supporting—and eating (!)—locally grown grains. An entrance fee of $15 is requested. Earth’s Harvest Farm is located at Earth’s Harvest Farm, 2835 NY- 51, Morris, NY 13808. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dyck at OGRIN (firstname.lastname@example.org, 607 895 6913).