Field event planned for grain growers
MORRIS — A field event for growers set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Earth’s Harvest farm in Morris, will explore opportunities to profitably grow, process and market small and specialty grains, according to a media release from the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship.
In addition to wheat, barley, oats and rye, other value-added grains that be grown locally include the ancient wheats einkorn, emmer and spelt, heirloom corn, buckwheat and flax. Local grower Bill Powers, a longtime organic grain grower; Farmer Ground Flour Mill co-owner Thor Oeschmer; and agronomist Elizabeth Dyck, will discuss management techniques for the grains, including combining and postharvest handling tops.
Earth’s Harvest Farm operator Paul Koch will lead a tour of his micro-processing facility that produces organic hot cereals and flours. Equipment will be demonstrated, marketing options will be discussed and cooked grains, dishes and baked goods prepared by local chefs and bakers will be available to taste.
There is a $15 fee to attend. The farm is at 2835 State Highway 51 in Morris. The event is co-sponsored by CADE and the Organic Growers Research and Information Sharing Network.