Small Scale Grain Workshop

August 25, 2019 @ 9:00AM — 2:30PM

Learn about selecting varieties, growing, processing, and harvesting a variety of grains. Scroll down for details.

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Learn about growing grain in Modoc County at a scale that is right for you!

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


The Small Scale Grain Workshop will begin at Whalen's Pub at 9 a.m. with a presentation and hands-on demonstration led by Rachel Britten from Willits, California. Rachel grew up in Iowa and attended The Evergreen State College in Washington where she earned a degree in Agroecology and worked on numerous small farms. After college, she worked with John Jeavons at Ecology Action and learned about growing grains and crops. Rachel ran research and teaching gardens for John Jeavons for 5 years. She now focuses on contract teaching and seed projects along with her new auctioneer career.

The morning session will focus on selecting varieties of grains that will grow in Modoc County such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, quinoa, amaranth, and flour corn. We will learn about growing, processing and harvesting different varieties at small to medium scales and the proper tools for the job. There will also be threshing and winnowing demonstrations.

A lunch break will be held from 11:45 to 12:30. Lunch is not included in the workshop. Menus will be available in the morning to place an order with Whalen's Pub. Diane is offering a special pizza crust made with Surprise Valley grown wheat. You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch.

In the afternoon session, we will head out into the field to meet some local grain farmers and see examples of grains that are currently being grown in Surprise Valley. There will be demonstrations of hand and mechanical harvesting. We will finish the afternoon with a tour of a seed cleaning and processing facility right here in Surprise Valley. The field session is expected to end at approximately 2:30 p.m.