• INLAND NORTHWEST ARTISAN GRAINS CONFERENCE:

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    May 20, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    INLAND NORTHWEST ARTISAN GRAINS CONFERENCE:
     
    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.
     
     
    For More Information Contact:
    Aba Kiser – WSU Food Systems Project Manager
    cascadia.grains@wsu.edu
    360-379-5610 ext 211
     
     
    July 11th, 2019 Kickoff dinner and party at Paradise Creek Brewery
    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 of craft-brewed beer, you will enjoy a hearty meal cooked to order, made with locally sourced ingredients. Try the widely distributed hyper-local Kugar Kolsch and meet the grower, maltster and brewer while you tour the brewery.
     
    July 12th, 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. Panels and speakers cover topics including 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. A local grain breakfast and lunch are included in the price of admission. Participants can register for hands-on baking classes for an extra charge. Dinner and pub crawl on your own in participating restaurants in Moscow and Pullman, or a FRIDAY NIGHT ARTISAN GRAINS DINNER at Maialina Pizzeria where you can explore the delicious terroir of local grains in a full-course meal alongside plant breeders and chefs.
     
    July 13th, 2019 Experiential Sessions starting in Pullman, WA
    The last day of the Conference will start at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center on the 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, and Paradise Creek Brewery 2. TERROIR OF PLACE FROM SEED TO PLATE: Breeding for the Palouse 3. HOMEBREWING WORKSHOP with Moscow Brewing and 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 www.cascadiagrains.com/inlandnorthwest.
     
     
    Pullman, WA (May 14th) Registration is now open for the 2019 Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference, a bi-state conference that will include communities from University of Idaho and WSU alongside community and economic stakeholders to develop a terroir-based value chain for emerging specialty grain markets in the Inland Northwest.
     
     
    The Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference will be held Friday July 12th and Saturday July 13th starting with a kickoff dinner July 11th at Paradise Creek Brewery in Pullman, WA. Friday July 12th Educational Sessions will be held at the University of Idaho Commons (875 Perimeter Dr, Moscow, ID 83844) and will run from 8 am – 6:00 pm. July 13th will kickoff at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center (405 SE Spokane St, Pullman, WA 99164) 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 a 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 the University of Idaho and the City of Moscow. A pilot conference was held in August 2018 to determine the programming for the full summer Conference. “In addition to sustainable practices the program will focus on regional grains used for value-added enterprises – brewing and distilling, as well as baking and other food uses.”
     
    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 City of Moscow, City of Pullman, U of I and WSU, this conference is the Inland Northwest’s platform for a regional grain conversation.
     
    At the conference farmers, will learn about grain production, connect with scaleappropriate buyers, and learn strategies to increase 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, LINC and Avista along with many other supporting organizations and agencies. For more information contact Aba Kiser, Project Manager at 360-379-5610 ext 211or cascadia.grains@wsu.edu.
    Contact:
    Aba Kiser, 360-379-5610 ext 211