Kneading Conference

Learn. Collaborate. Grow. Celebrate.



Keynote & Leaders



Celebrating all things grain

2021 Conference schedule

Join us for more than 20 virtual workshops, demos, panels, and discussions led by grain leaders from around the world!

Registrants can choose to attend every session or by the class. Attendees may watch live or view the class later. A dedicated page with the video, recipes, links to resources, and a compilation of questions answered during the session will be provided.

2021 Keynote – Muhidin Libah 

Muhidin Libah -Farmer with Liberation Farms, Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine

Muhidin Libah (he/him) is a farmer with Liberation Farms and the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine (SBCA). He was born in Southern Somalia, grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp, and came to the United States in 2004. He has a degree from the University of Southern Maine and has co-founded multiple nonprofits including the Middle Jubba Relief and Sustainability Organization and the Somali Bantu Community Association of Syracuse. He is a family man who just celebrated the birth of his tenth child.

The mission of Liberation Farms, the SBCA’s community farming program, is to provide new American farmers access to, and culturally-appropriate resources for, the means of sustainable food production for themselves, their families, and their communities. There are currently over 220 farmers growing diversified vegetables and Somali flint corn at Whiting Farm in Auburn and raising goats at Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons in Wales. To learn more, please visit: 

Our complete schedule will be posted here very shortly. We are excited to offer five days of virtual workshops, discussions and panels! Each day will consist of 4-5 non-concurrent workshops Monday, July 26th-Friday, July 30th. Stay tuned!

We are hard at work securing incredible experts from around the world to lead our workshops. Check back again soon and be on the look out for annoucements via newsletter and on social media.

Stay tuned for the annoucement of more speakers very soon!


Countdown to the 2021 Kneading Conference








Work Study 

Thank you for your interest in The Kneading Conference work study program. Our hope is that as we pursue this new opportunity to host the annual conference virtually we are also able to offer the opportunity for work study to participate but in a new capacity. We are still working through exactly how a new work study program will look. Once we know more we will update our website and share on social media. Stay tuned!

“I have to admit that I was nervous before the weekend began, so many talented bakers and professionals in one place — the accumulated acumen was dizzying and I was prepared to feel a bit out of place. My assumptions, per usual, did not prove to be true. The open, welcoming air put off by every MGA board member immediately put my mind at ease. I was truly afraid of feeling like an outsider, and that wasn’t the case for a moment during the week. The event felt more like a celebration — presenters, board members, and other work study members coming together to educate and rejoice in our shared love of food. While I learned a lot about oven building, pasta rolling, and donut frying — the friends and connections I established left me feeling truly grateful for the opportunity. While I’m incredibly inspired to bake, eat, and write about food, I must admit my biggest takeaway from the week has to be the relationships formed. I made friends for life, and learned how to properly glaze a donut.”
Mike Hicks

2018 Work Study