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Maine Grain Conference (Orono)
March 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:45 pm| $35 – $45
Evolution of an Organic Grain Farm on Prince Edward Island — Mark and Sally Bernard, Barnyard Organics, Freetown, PEI, Canada
The Bernards grow organic grains, oilseeds, and pulses, raise layers and broilers, and operate a certified organic livestock feed mill and a poultry processing facility on their 500-acre farm that was previously a conventional potato operation. Hear how their operation and production practices have evolved.
Adding Value on the Farm, or Farming to Add Value — Mark and Sally Bernard and Andrea and Christian Stanley, Valley Malt, Hadley, MA
The Stanleys will join the Bernards to talk about their approaches to operating value-added enterprises on the farm, including benefits, drawbacks, considerations, and lessons learned. The Stanleys own and operate Valley Malt, the Northeast’s first micro malthouse. Andrea Stanley will also share an exciting new regional marketing initiative to increase consumer awareness and demand for locally grown grains.
Malt Barley Varieties for Local Craft Brewing — Jacob Buck, Maine Malt House; Jason Perkins, Allagash Brewing Company; Andrea Stanley, Valley Malt; and Tom Molloy of UMaine Speakers discuss evaluating malt barley varieties from field to pint glass, with a focus on the characteristics that are important at each step along the way, for farmers, maltsters, brewers, and consumers. Help taste test two promising new varieties.
Connecting with Customers along the Value Chain — Matt LeRoux, Agriculture Marketing Consultant, Ithaca, NY
LeRoux will discuss how to create a marketing message that resonates in all channels, including marketing techniques, how to develop a strategy, and characteristics of both wholesale and end-user customers. This session is for everyone along the value chain (farmers, processors, and end-users), and will include time to work on your own marketing message