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SUPPORTING THE GRAIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2007

Upcoming Events

Maine Grain Alliance & MOFGA Present: Bread & Brews 

June 25

Join us on the MOFGA grounds for a celebration of Maine-grown grain! We’ll be highlighting the people and businesses who use this grain to make bread and beer.

Inside the Exhibition Hall there will be a beer tasting with local breweries, and outside and in the kitchen we’ll have a full line-up of workshops. Live music and food for sale outside.

The Maine Grain Alliance will also be hosting a special workshop called “Pizza at Home and in the Pub – Committing to Local Grains” before the main event begins. (Tickets sold separately here.) They will be baking up treats in their wood-fired oven, too!

The Kneading Conference

 

July 25th-30th, 2022
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 30th, 2022

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

Wood-Fired Pizza at The Maine Artisan Bread Fair 

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

$20 
Get your hands in the dough with Jess Shepard, owner of Uproot Pie Co. as she walks us through mixing our own pizza dough, followed by hand stretching techniques and then preparing the perfect pizza with sauce, cheese and a variety of toppings to be finished off in a wood-fired oven to enjoy after! Whether you enjoy making pizza at home or for large groups, this workshop will  be full of new and useful pizza making knowledge from one of the best! 

Whole Grain Baking at The Maine Artisan Bread Fair 

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

$20 
Join Mike as he holds a discussion on whole grains, and how to use them effectively in baking. He will discuss the different terminology associated with whole grains, as well as comparing industrial bread standards for whole grain breads. Learn how whole grains influence gluten development, hydration ratios, and flavor profiles of bread. Using the products of his bakery, Mike will illustrate these differences and hopefully clear up some confusion around the term whole wheat and white breads — the world of baking simply isn’t as simple as that dichotomy makes it out to be.

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. 

Grants

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

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