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The Grain Gathering

July 27, 28 & 29, 2017

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August 20-22, 2015

Washington State University Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center

Mount Vernon, WA

The Port of Skagit is proud to serve as a major sponsor of The Grain Gathering. It’s another piece of the Skagit Advantage.

The Grain Gathering promotes value-added agriculture by focusing on grain use in making a variety of food products, including bread, beer, cereal, crackers and pastries. Just as important, it supports potato and bulb farmers by providing them with a revenue-producing cover crop.

The Port of Skagit’s mission is to promote job creation and retention, so we want to do all we can to help farming remain viable in the Skagit Valley long-term. This, in turn, will help to preserve the rural character of life here. The port is sponsoring the Grain Gathering because we see how it can unlock some big opportunities for local farmers -- and innovative entrepreneurs as well.

2015 Keynote Speakers

This year the Grain Gathering keynote speakers highlight the importance of milling by sharing their unique stories of two family-owned mills, one in Denmark and one in Spain.

Marie-Louise Risgaard is the co-owner of Skærtoft Mølle, a family-owned, small-scale organic mill in the southern part of Denmark. Together with her parents she has established a well-known brand of high-end organic stoneground flours. Her topic is, “Skaertoft Mill: The First 11 Years - Where Do We Go from Here? How to live the dream, fulfill the vision and survive as a business.”

Lot Roca Enrich began working for Harinera Roca, the family mill in Spain opened by her grandfather in 1939, right after college.  Originally the mill produced one type of conventional flour but today the mill supplies 34 varieties of organic flour. Her topic is, “My Flour Fight:First, to make organic flour, and then, to convince people to buy it.”

The Grain Gathering 2015 Schedule

The Grain Gathering brings together home and professional bakers, farmers, millers, researchers, earth oven enthusiasts and anyone interested in handcrafted breads and pastries, locally grown grains, and the movement to restore regional food systems.  Beginning Thursday afternoon and ending Saturday afternoon, the schedule includes hands-on workshops, lectures, and panel discussions with renowned leaders from the agriculture and baking worlds. The workshop schedule for 2015 will be announced soon.

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