You are invited to join the Uplands Watershed Group and Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association for a rich exploration of why small grains like wheat, barley, oats and rye matter. We will tour small grains in the field, see how different crops and field practices affect erosion and infiltration with a rainfall simulator, engage terrific speakers on a wide variety of topics, and eat a delicious (and free) lunch.
Growing small grains like wheat, rye, barley and oats can help farmers prevent nutrient runoff and protect water quality, but the “grain chain” is a complex network of growers, processors, bakers, chefs and consumers. How can farmers add these crops to their rotation and access the food-grade market? Can eating more of these locally grown foods help change the agricultural landscape for the better? And how do we make these healthful foods accessible to all? We invite farmers and consumers to come together to explore these issues and discover ways to get involved in our burgeoning local grain economy.
For questions, please contact Margaret Krome with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute: 608-628-2503 or Halee Wepking with Meadowlark Farm: (608) 636-6794.