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. The project is building a supportive network of farmers that can learn from each other, share resources and share equipment. Additionally, we are engaging bakers in the development of marketable products using restored seed.

The Maine Grain Alliance is currently restoring seed for three different strains of Einkorn, black Emmer, flint corn, and several strains of rare and heritage ryes & wheats.  After several years of restoration, the Maine Grain Alliance now holds the western hemisphere’s largest supply of a rare Estonian wheat called Sirvinta.

Our work is possible thanks to generous support from the Sewall Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation and in cooperation with the following farms and individuals:

  • Land Trust 45 Farm, Bingham
  • Groundswell Seed Farm, Solon
  • Songbird Farm, Starks
  • Grange Corner Farm, Lincolnville
  • Maine Wood Heat, Skowhegan
  • Blue Ribbon Farm, Mercer
  • Ben Hoffman, Bradford
  • Gromaine Farm, Woodland
  • Richard Searls,  Solon
  • Jeremy Gibson,  Solon
  • Somerset Woods Trustees
  • Taylor Field.  Skowhegan

Additional resources to explore thanks to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

Field Days: Maine’s successful grain movement is powered by farmers, products and research

Grain-related graduate research: Students evaluating climate adaptation strategies, green manure, weed management