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Restoring Heritage Wheat Conference

June 22, 2012 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

On Friday, June 22, a conference on Restoring Heritage Wheat will be held at the Common Ground Education Center – the home of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in the town of Unity.

The focus will be on biodiversity of heritage wheat for community seed systems. Featured speakers will include Gary Nabhan, Dr. Thomas Payne, Eli Rogosa, Glenn Robertson, Will Bonsall and Mark Fulford.

The conference is sponsored by MOFGA, Anson Mills, and The Heritage Grain Conservancy.

“Modern wheat, bred in agrochemical-soaked fields for uniformity and high gluten, has replaced the rich biodiversity of landraces world-wide,” said conference organizer Eli Rogosa of The Heritage Wheat Conservancy. “As we face unprecedented weather extremes, burgeoning gluten allergies and patented wheats that farmers cannot save, the almost-lost biodiversity of ancient and heritage wheats offers important resource for organic farmers and gardeners. However our landrace wheats are threatened, many on the verge of extinction.”

“A treasure-trove of delicious, resilient landrace wheats, that may yield higher in organic fields than modern wheat, are stored in the world‘s gene banks, but the process of screening and restoring landraces requires unprecedented vision, ingenuity and cooperation of genebanks, researchers, farmers, bakers and people that love to eat grains,” said Rogosa.

This seminar will establish working groups to restore landrace wheat biodiversity, and share practical skills for evolutionary conservation, trialing and seed-saving of landrace wheats. Participants will receive elite landrace population from the Heritage Grain Conservancy, the outcome of three years of on-farm organic breeding funded by SARE.

Schedule
10:30 Registration
11:00 Will Bonsall – Small-Scale Grain Growing Basics – Pre-Seminar Intro
12:00 Brown Bag Lunch
12:30 Glenn Roberts – Why Restore Landrace Wheat <ansonmills.com>
12:45 Dr. Tom Payne – On-Farm Conservation of Wheat Biodiversity <cimmyt.org>
2:00 Gary Nabhan – Restoring Landrace Wheat
3:00 Round-Table – Strategies for In-Situ Conservation and On-Farm Trials of Landrace Wheat
4:00 Ellen Mallory, NE Bread Project <sites.google.com/site/localbreadwheatproject>
4:20 Mark Fulford – Building Living Soil <teltanefarm.com>
4:40 Eli Rogosa – Evolving Landraces in Organic Systems <growseed.org>
5:00 Team Goals, Roles and Responsibilities
5:30 Potluck Dinner – Bring your Home-Baked Breads to share!
Pre-Registration by June 15th required.
For more information, visit http://growseed.org.

Details

Date:
June 22, 2012
Time:
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Common Ground Education Center
Unity, ME United States + Google Map

Organizer

MOFGA – Anson Mills – Heritage Grain Conservancy
Email:
growseed@yahoo.com
Website:
http://growseed.org