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Did you ever consider why it took 50 years....

Thanks to our NOFA-NY Grain & Field Crop Coordinator Robert Perry for submitting this blog in advance of Friday's first Field Day, "Sowing the Future of Organic Wheat Research in the Northeast" at Cornell University.

Did you ever consider why it took 50 years for people to wonder what’s wrong with “Wonder Bread?” Each slice is a mirror image of the slice before, and the loaf before and after.


Fortunately for all of us, there have always been a few precious seeds of ancient grains in our heritage that have inspired farmers, millers, bakers, researchers, writers, and the next generation of providers and consumers to grow the true flavor of wheat and whole grains.

The cereal world has been quietly resurrecting itself locally on farms and universities throughout the Northeast for many years. A community network has developed around taste and resilience associated with grains like Einkorn, Emmer, Warthog, and Red Fife. With the shared vision of researchers, farmers, millers, bakeries, brewers, and educators, the best is yet to come as we continue to grow the future with the seeds of the past.

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Our first Field Day event of 2016 on Friday, June 10 from 12:30-6 pm is the culmination of a recent Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative (OREI) Value Added Grains project at Cornell, and will feature some of the pioneers of this incredible Grain Renaissance. I have had the opportunity to share some of their expertise and resources while demonstrating a mobile grain cleaner for the project and growing heritage grains on my farm. 


This Field Day event celebrates the past, present, and future of organic wheat improvement in the Northeast. Researchers will summarize a decade of variety trial results from the field, bakery, mill, and taste buds. After touring Cornell’s organic wheat breeding nurseries, participants can help set needs and priorities for future small grain improvement in the region.  The event will include tastings of varietal-specific products made by local bakers, chefs, and brewers. You can find the complete agenda here.

Pre-register today and join us on the Cornell Campus (The Love Lab,126 Medicago Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850). Pre-paid parking is at the B-Lot. 

If you want to see some of the work that's out there, check out this GrowNYC video  from Greenmarket Regional Grains.

See you on June 10th!

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