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SUPPORTING THE GRAIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2007

Upcoming Events

Rye Fermented Pryanik

December 10th, 2022

10am-12pm EST

Virtual

This is my husband’s childhood cookie. He grew up in Estonia eating Pryaniki, or “Spiced Cookies” , and before the spice trade, these cookies were more of a honey bread. Either one was made with rye, the traditional grain of this region.
Sweet Potato & Buckwheat Bread with Tara Jensen

December 3rd, 2022

10am-12pm EST
Virtual

Looking for a delicious bread for your holiday table this fall? Join baker and author, Tara Jensen, as she guides you step by step through her hearty, yet delicate Sweet Potato and Buckwheat Loaf from her latest book, Flour Power.

The Kneading Conference

 

July 26th-28th, 2023
In-person & Virtual

A one of a kind event and going strong since 2007, the Kneading Conference brings together grainiacs and bread buffs from all over the country. Farmers, professional and home bakers, brewers, chefs, cooks, grain researchers, maltsters, food entrepreneurs, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts gather to educate one another about the art and science of growing and milling grains, baking artisan breads, and brewing delicious beer.

The Maine Artisan Bread Fair 

Saturday, July 29th, 2023

9 a.m. to 3 p.m

Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

Free! Everyone is invited, and we encourage you to bring your family and friends to enjoy

PARKING: $5

Inspiring & Empowering Grain Community

 

Our Mission

To inspire & empower people who are building local grain economies. We create connections & share grain traditions & innovations from earth to table.

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Our Vision

We envision a world where local grain economies that are good for people and good for the planet can thrive.

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Our Current Programs

RARE & HERITAGE SEED RESTORATION

Our seed restoration project aims to restore rare and heritage variety grains by turning handfuls of carefully kept seed into commercially viable quantities for farms.

Grain & Baking Education

Our grain and baking education program provides live and online workshops, baking tips, free learning resources, videos, handbooks and more provided by experts in the field.

Supporting Grain Farms

The ability to handle and finish grain to meet top quality standards is critical on farms. This project will purchase equipment and demonstrate its best uses on seven farms throughout Maine.

Kneading Conference & Maine Artisan Bread Fair

The annual conference and fair held in Skowhegan, ME features two full days of intensive workshops on grain topics and hands-on baking experiences where participants rub elbows with the some of the world’s most acclaimed bakers & chefs. 

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The MGA provides funds need-based technical assistance and equipment helping grain-based business owners secure economic opportunities. Most revently, the MGA has offered two rounds of Emergency Relief Funding in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrate Our Incredible Grain Community and Remember All the Fun from Kneading Conferences of the Past

Explore Dozens of Educational & Instructional Videos from MGA

Baking Tips and Recipes from Kneading Conference Presenters

Kneading Conference Photo Galleries by Year

Explore the 2019 Kneading Conference via #KneadingConference2019

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