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Restoring Landrace Wheat, MOFGA June 22

Lisa Fernandes
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Portland, ME
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Restoring Landrace Wheat
Seminar with Dr. Thomas Payne
Director of the World’s Largest Wheat Genebank
Friday, June 22, 11 AM - 7 PM - Potluck Meals
MOFGA.ORG, Unity, Maine

Join us to restore the biodiversity of wheat for community seed systems. Modern wheat, bred in agrochemical-soaked fields for uniformity and high gluten, has replaced the rich biodiversity of landrace wheats worldwide. 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 a community-based alternative 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 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.

Help restore almost-lost landrace wheat biodiversity, and strengthen the practical knowledge and skills for on-farm trialing and selective seed-saving of landrace wheats. Participants will receive elite landrace wheats from the Heritage Grain Conservancy, the outcome of three years of on-farm organic breeding funded by SARE. Landrace list:

11:00 Will Bonsall - Introduction to Small-Scale Grain Growing -Pre-Seminar Basics
12:00 Registration and Brown Bag Lunch
12:30 Glenn Roberts - Why Restore Landrace Wheat <>
12:50 Dr. Tom Payne - Restoring Wheat Biodiversity <>,
2:00 Dr. Ellen Mallory - NE Bread Wheat <­tproject>
2:30 Researchers’ Round-Table - Protocols to Evaluate Landraces
3:15 Mark Fulford - Evolving Wheat in Organic Soil <>
3:45 Break with Einkorn and Home-Baked Bread Tastings - Bring your Bread to share!
4:15 Eli Rogosa -Restoring Landrace Wheat for Climate Resilience and Health <>
4:45 Team-Building for On-Farm Trials, Landrace Wheat Seed Exchange
5:00 Potluck Gluten-Safe Dinner
For further information and to share your ideas, contact Eli Rogosa: Register on

Co-sponsored by MOFGA and the Heritage Grain Conservancy

Lisa Fernandes
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Portland, ME
Post #: 2,151
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Lisa Fernandes
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