Date(s) - 06/26/18
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
—Come discover whether a grain enterprise can work for your farm—
Due to the burgeoning local foods movement, demand for organically grown grains far outstrips supply in the Northeast. On Tuesday, June 26, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) and the Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network (OGRIN) will host a field event, “Grow, Process, Market, Eat! …Value Added-Grains,” from 4–7 p.m. at Rutgers University’s Clifford E. and Melda C. Snyder Research and Extension Farm, 140 Locust Grove Road, Pittstown, New Jersey.
The three-hour event will include:
- A field tour of more than 30 different varieties/landraces of spring- and fall-planted grains, including modern, heritage, and ancient wheats, ryes, malting and edible barleys, hulless oats, buckwheat, and flax. Experienced grain growers will join Elizabeth Dyck, founder and coordinator of OGRIN, and Joseph Heckman, professor of soil science, Rutgers University, to discuss management strategies that produce high-quality products and profitable market opportunities.
- A demonstration of affordable, small-scale grain processing equipment (some of it farmer-made), including used and new grain cleaners, an oat roller, and dehullers for use with spelt, emmer, and einkorn.
- A grain tasting, including cooked grains (wheat, barley, rye, einkorn, emmer, and spelt) and dishes/baked goods prepared by local chefs and bakers.
The event is open to the public, but advanced registration is required ($20 NOFA-NJ members; $30 nonmembers). It is funded in part through a NE SARE Research and Education Grant LNE17-357, farmer-generated training and equipment solutions for producing and processing value-added grains.
For more information and to register, visit nofanj.org.
Established in 1985, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting organic agriculture in New Jersey through education, technical assistance, and advocacy.
The Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network (OGRIN) generates practical information for organic farmers and gardeners through participatory research, review articles, and fact sheets on issues critical to organic farming, and by providing forums for information-exchange between growers.