Maine Grain Alliance rare and 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.

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.

Photos of Grain Taken July 2020

Grain Varities Under Restoration

Hulless Black Emmer

Banatka Wheat

Goldblume Wheat

Poltava Wheat


Hulled Emmer

Bere Barley 

Italian Durham

Spring Rye

Yellow Spring Wheat

Purple Spring Wheat

Babuska Barley

Amy Spring Wheat

ND Spring Wheat

Italian Barley


Swedish Spring Wheat

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.

Richard, our Rare and Heritage Seed Restoration Program Director and Vice Chair of The Maine Grain Alliance, walks us through his seed plot in Solon, Maine. Richard works to gather and grow heritage seed varieties, testing their viability in the Maine climate.

Learn more about Seed Restoration with the Somerset Woods Trustees on Taylor Field in Skowhegan

Our work is possible thanks to generous support

Supporting Sponsors

Our work is also made possible through cooperation with the following farms and individuals:

Our work is also made possible through cooperation with the following farms and individuals:

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Land Trust 45 Farm, Bingham
  • Groundswell Seed Farm, Solon
  • Songbird Farm, Starks
  • Grange Corner Farm, Lincolnville
  • Maine Wood Heat, Skowhegan
  • Blue Ribbon Farm, Mercer
  • Richard Searls,  Solon
  • Jeremy Gibson,  Solon
  • Somerset Woods Trustees
  • Taylor Field.  Skowhegan
  • Buck Farms, Mapleton
  • Ben Hoffman, Bradford
  • Gromaine Farm, Woodland
  • Aurora Mills and Farm
  • Dale Inman, Freeport
  • Hilton Farms, Starks
  • Rusted Rooster Farm

Richard Roberts 

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