The Kneading Conference Work/Study Program  is intended for those who show high interest in baking, milling, and/or grain growing and who need help in meeting the expense of the July conference.  In exchange for the $325 registration fee, accepted applicants pay $100 and will receive free camping on site, meals from Wednesday night through Saturday morning, and the chance to learn and work with some of the big names in baking, milling, and grain growing.  You will have ample time to attend conference workshops and lectures, and many will have the opportunity to assist presenters.

Beginning at 11 AM on Wednesday, you will join the event coordinators in setting up for the Kneading Conference.  This effort will take 6-7 hours and then you will be invited to attend the Presenters Dinner to meet and greet with presenters before the conference begins.

During the Thursday and Friday of the Kneading Conference, you will rotate among jobs designed to help registrants and presenters.  These jobs include helping in the kitchen (from preparation, serving, through dish washing and clean up), assisting presenters,and being ambassadors for MGA.  On Friday afternoon, you will clean up after the Kneading Conference and begin set up for the Bread Fair.  You will probably work 3-4 hours on both Thursday and Friday, perhaps a bit more Friday night as we set up for the Bread Fair.

On Saturday morning, you will finish setting up for the Bread Fair and help in the various MGA sponsored booths and areas:  parking, pizza-production, baking education, bread booth, information booth.  At the conclusion of the Bread Fair, you will help return all of the equipment to its original location and work will be complete by 5-6 PM. You will have time to enjoy visiting the many vendors at the Bread Fair, but you will work approximately 6-8 hours that day. You may also be asked to distribute flyers and posters in the months leading up to the conference.

While Work/Study people work hard (20-24 hours over the four days), our previous members have enjoyed being on the “inside”, have had great access to the people in the field, have learned through attending several workshops, and have created useful networks.  Plus, we have a good time!

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If you prefer to print this application download a copy 2018 Work Study Application here. (pdf)  Please mail to:

Maine Grain Alliance
Attn:  Work Study
P. O. Box 1140
Skowhegan, ME  04976

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Note about applying for work/study: if accepted into the program, please mail your check to the Maine Grain Alliance address listed above.

Full payment is required to reserve your spot in the work/study program.  Many hands make lighter work, please pay promptly within 30 days so we can ensure enough hands on deck! If you are  accepted but your check is not received within 30 days, we will offer your spot to the next person on the waiting list.

For more information, please contact Tristan, tristan@mainegrainalliance.com.  Be sure to check out “What To Expect“.

Please note: Cancellations before July 18th will be reimbursed less a $25 administration fee. Cancellations after July 18th do not receive a refund. Exceptions for outstanding circumstances are made on a case by case basis.