July 26-30

Workshops, Demonstrations, & Meaningful Connections That Last a Lifetime

Upcoming Events

July 26-30

Full Pass & Single Workshop Tickets Available

All Experience Levels Welcome

2021 Kneading Conference

Join us virtually for our 14th annual celebration of the people transforming our world of grain.

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July 31st

Free to enter, $5 to park

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Maine Artisan Bread Fair

Join us for the 11th annual Maine Artisan Bread Fair held at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. The fair dedicated to all things bread and everything associated with this most ancient and central staple. Enjoy products from 50+ vendors, demonstarations, live music, hot pizza, local brews, and more! 

July 31st


Cultivating Koji at Home

Koji is the cultured grain responsible for such foods as; miso, soy sauce, rice vinegar, amazake, and sake, just to list a few.  It is a filamentous fungus grown on grains and has been recognized as the national mold of Japan.  Koji creates a powerhouse of enzymes that can be incorporated into many traditional and nontraditional applications.  Come learn what it’s all about and take a peek down the rabbit hole that is koji.
July 31st


Savory and Breakfast Bialys

Join founder of The Good Crust, Heather Kerner in a hands-on experience making savory and breakfast bialys from her signature pizza dough.  Learn time-saving techniques that can be reproduced to please a crowd, whether at home, for your restaurant or bed and breakfast guests.  While they originated in Bialystok, Poland in traditional Jewish bakeries, bialys are hailed as a staple in Brooklyn, NY…but who says we can’t make delicious ones in Maine using our own regional grains?    A flat, round baked roll with a depressed center topped traditionally with onion, Kerner will demonstrate dough handling, filling, and embellishing techniques to create memorable bialys yourself.

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


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. 


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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