• Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference 2019

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    May 16, 2019
    In its 1st year, the Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference is a bi-state conference hosted by Washington State University, with support from University of Idaho Extension and a broad base of industry,  community and economic stakeholders.  The purpose of the conference is to support the development of terroir-based, artisan grain value chains for emerging specialty markets in the Inland Northwest.
     
    July 11, 2019 Kickoff dinner and party at Paradise Creek Brewery in Pullman, WA
    Paradise Creek Brewery and Open Range Gourmet Food Truck welcome you to PCB's Trailside Taproom and Production Facility. Along with a couple of pints, you will enjoy a hearty meal cooked to order, made with locally sourced ingredients. Try our widely distributed hyper-local Kugar Kolsch and meet the grower, maltster, and brewer while you tour the brewery. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. Dress casually.
     
    July 12, 2019 Educational Sessions + Add-on Dinner in Moscow, ID
    A full day of educational sessions will take place at the University of Idaho Commons in Moscow, ID. Among topics for the day are panels and speakers on sustainable grain growing practices, developing varieties, working with whole and novel grain flours in baking, cultural significance of grain, creating consumer demand and marketing your artisan grains business. Included in the price of admission is a local grain breakfast and lunch. Dinner and pub crawl on your own in participating restaurants in Moscow and Pullman. In addition, participants can register for hands-on baking classes (an extra $20 per class) and a FRIDAY NIGHT ARTISAN GRAINS DINNER at Maialina Pizzeria where you can explore the delicious terroir of local grains in a full coursed meal alongside plant breeders and chefs.
     
    July 13, 2019 Experiential Sessions starting in Pullman, WA
    The last day of the Conference will start at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center on WSU Campus and include a welcoming address and local grain breakfast. From there participants can choose from four hands-on experiences including: 1. BREWING TOUR: Joseph's Grainery, Linc Malt, Paradise Creek Brewing 2. TERROIR OF PLACE FROM SEED TO PLATE: Breeding for the Palouse 3. HOMEBREWING WORKSHOP with Moscow Brewing, Hunga Dunga and 4. DIVERSIFIED GRAIN: Seed to Sip with the Sustainable Seed Systems Lab and Hunga Dunga. All experiences include transportation and lunch as well as a light breakfast. Dinner and pub crawl on your own in participating restaurants in Moscow and Pullman.
     
    For more information visit https://www.cascadiagrains.com/inlandnorthwest.
     
     
    Registration is now open for the 2019 Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference, a bi-state conference hosted by Washington State University, with support from the University of Idaho Extension and a broad base of industry,  community and economic stakeholders.  The purpose of the conference is to support the development of terroir-based, artisan grain value chains for emerging specialty markets in the Inland Northwest.
     
     
    The Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference will be held Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 starting with a kickoff dinner July 11 at Paradise Creek Brewery in Pullman, WA. Friday, July 12 Educational Sessions will be held at the University of Idaho Commons (875 Perimeter Dr, Moscow, ID) and will run from 8:00am – 6:00pm. July 13 will kickoff at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center (405 SE Spokane St, Pullman, WA) and will split off into four experiences including 1. BREWING TOUR: Joseph's Grainery, Linc Malt, Paradise Creek Brewing 2. TERROIR OF PLACE FROM SEED TO PLATE: Breeding for the Palouse 3. HOMEBREWING WORKSHOP with Moscow Brewing, Hunga Dunga and 4. DIVERSIFIED GRAIN: Seed to Sip with the Sustainable Seed Systems Lab and Hunga Dunga. Registration and more information about the two-day conference events are available at www.cascadiagrains.com/inlandnorthwest. Early Bird Registration for Friday July 12th is $65 and $80 for those registering at the door. For Saturday July 13th Experiences the price is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch and transport. Work trade and farmer scholarships are available.
     
    “This conference will bring together farmers, processors and end users as well as investors, brokers and local government officials to discuss all aspects of terroir-based value chain for emerging specialty markets in the Inland Northwest.,” said Laura Lewis, WSU Food Systems director and chair of the Cascadia Grains Conference. Dr. Lewis got involved in this event after a collaboration sparked with Colette DePhelps and other partners from WSU’s Pullman campus, the University of Idaho and the City of Moscow. A pilot conference was held last August 2018 to determine the programming for the full 2019 summer Conference. “The program will focus on regional grains used for value-added enterprises – brewing and distilling, baking and other food uses.”
     
    Lewis noted that the potential of a regional domestic economy of grains. “Today, plantings of wheat, barley, oats, rye and triticale are commonly rotated with high-value fruit, vegetable and bulb crops in the region,” she added. “Grains play an important role in reducing nutrient loss, providing organic matter to the soil as well as breaking disease and pest cycles." 
     
    With Planning and Advisory Committees of over 30 farmers, government officials, and value-added processors, the Conference is joining a nationwide movement that asks “What does a local grain economy look like?”. Working closely with organizers from the cities of Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA U of I Extension, WSU is establishing this conference as the Inland Northwest’s platform for regional artisan grain conversations.
     
    At the conference farmers, will learn about grain production, connect with scaleappropriate buyers, and learn strategies on increasing demands for cereals used for artisan breads, malting, brewing, and distilling. Processors and other end-users get an inside look into grain production, quality, and brokering relationships to utilize and market products using local grain. Investors, brokers and local government officials get the scoop on rising investment and policy opportunities for the region’s grain economy.
     
    The conference will feature 20 events and workshops, , local grain focused meals, and artisan grain value-chain tours around the region. Workshops cover a series of topics such as growing regional grains, grains for beer and spirits, new dryland crop rotations, , adding value (bringing grain products to the market), milling artisan grains and telling the unique story of grains in the Inland Northwest.
     
    Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference 2019 is presented by WSU Food Systems, University of Idaho Extension, Visit Idaho, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce,the Port of Whitman and Avista along with many other supporting organizations and agencies.
     
    Contact:
    Aba Kiser, WSU Food Systems Project Manager
    360-379-5610 ext. 211