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Welcome to Northern New England Local Bread Wheat

The Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project is a collaborative project among researchers, farmers, millers, and bakers in Vermont and Maine to help farmers increase production and quality of organic bread wheat through research, education, and networking.

Project coordinators:
Ellen Mallory
, University of Maine
Heather Darby
, University of Vermont


2015 Field Days and Twilight Meetings

June 25
2015 Aroostook Grain Twilight Meeting
5:00–7:00 PM  (registration starts at 4:30pm)
UMaine Cooperative Extension Office
57 Houlton Road
Presque Isle, Maine
Malt barley and field peas will be our focus.  Presenters include North Dakota State University researchers Dr. Richard Horsley, barley breeder and coordinator of the NDSU malting barley improvement program, and Dr. Paul Schwartz, cereal chemist.  They will talk about the NDSU breeding and evaluation program, new malt barley varieties, and producing and protecting malt barley quality.  We’ll tour the malt barley variety trial at UMaine Aroostook Farm, which is part of a multi-state evaluation coordinated by NDSU.  We’ll also hear about field pea production and tour our field pea variety trial.

June 27
University of Vermont Grain Research Tour
Borderview Research Farm
Alburgh, Vermont
Special guests Martin Hochhalter, Rich Horsley and Paul Schwarz, all the way from North Dakota State University, will be here to talk about barley breeding and growing barley for malting purposes. This is a great opportunity to learn new information and get involved yourself.

July 16
Variety Selection and Seed Production Workshop
1:00–3:30 PM
Pre-registration required – Register Here
UMaine Rogers Research Farm
Bennoch Road, Old Town
Please join Cornell researchers Lisa Kissing Kucek, participatory breeding coordinator, and Phil Atkins, manager of the NY Foundation and Certified Seed Programs, for an afternoon workshop on small grain on-farm breeding, selection, and seed production.  Sean O’Donnell, Rusted Rooster Farm, will talk about his experience with developing a spring wheat variety for his farm; and we’ll hear from Ann Gibbs, ME DACF, about Maine’s Small Grain Seed Certification program.

July 23
Variety Selection and Seed Production Workshop
4:00–7:00 PM
Rusted Rooster Farm
Parkman, Maine
Sean and Sandra O’Donnell invite anyone interested in grain production on a walking tour of their fields followed by a shared dinner. They are growing a wide variety of cereal grains (wheat, oats, barley, flint corn, and millet) and legumes (field peas, soybeans, and dry beans) organically, and have special projects customizing spring wheat varieties for their farm and producing seed of improved Red Fife wheat in collaboration with the University of Maine and Cornell University. This is a great chance to discuss the nuts and bolts of grain production with the O’Donnells and others. Bring a dish to share if you’d like.  See announcement posted here for directions.

2015 Kneading Conference – July 30 & 31, Skowhegan Maine

Visit Maine Grain & Oilseed Website and Newsletter – from UMaine Extension!

Watch our video series: Bread Wheat in Denmark and Local Wheat in Quebec

For more, click “Project Updates

handful of grain group picture

University of Maine; University of Vermont Extension, Cultivating Healthy Communities

USDA United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Organic Research and Extension Initiative, Award No. 2009?01366, “Enhancing farmers’ capacity to produce high quality organic bread wheat.”

USDA, United States Department of Agriculture, National Insitute of Food and Agriculture