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Intro to Sourdough Baking

At the Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 27th 12:00-1:30pm

$20 (space is limited and pre registration is required)

Introduction to Sourdough Baking

Ready to elevate your baking skills? Join our class to master the art of sourdough! Learn to maintain your starter, choose the right flour, and perfect shaping and scoring techniques.

Meet Your Instructor: Michael Hicks

Michael Hicks, owner of Expanding Circles Bakery in Tallahassee, Florida, specializes in naturally leavened breads and pastries made with local, organic ingredients. Inspired by European baking traditions, Michael is passionate about raising the standard of American bread.


Baking NY-Style Bagels the Maine way

At the Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 27th 9:30-11:30am

$20 (space is limited and pre registration is required)

Join Jeff Mao for a workshop on baking New York-style bagels. Discover what makes bagel baking unique and learn to hand-roll bagels with a smooth shiny crust and signature hole. This hands-on session features locally produced Maine Grains flour.

Jeff operates Knead & Nosh, a micro-bakery in Brunswick, Maine, offering hand-crafted bagels and baking classes. He is the author of Essential Chinese Hot Pot Cookbook and is currently working on a bagel cookbook.

The Kneading Conference 

July 25th & 26th, 2024


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 27th, 2024

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


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 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.

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