The grain harvest is part of the larger Carnation Farms Grain Trust project funded through a KCD Regional Food Systems grant. The project will ultimately put 20 acres of underutilized farmland into grain production as well as provide educational and networking opportunities among folks interested in growing and utilizing local grains.
The first community event was held May 16, 2019 with 30 local farmers, bakers, brewers and more who gathered together to learn about grain growing with the “Grain by Grain” authors Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle.
A Grain Celebration Weekend is planned for October 5-6, 2019, featuring a delicious farm-to-table dinner with grain prepared by guest chef Ryan Donaldson (Gather in Ballard and The Stone House in Redmond), and also other partners will provide education and products featuring grain: The Bread Lab, Skagit Valley Malting, Pike Brewing, Westland Distillery, Grand Central Bakery.
Visit Growing Grain Project for more information on upcoming events. And check out this video from the Carnation Farms Instagram feed.
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Harvest of Talisman Barley has begun!! This grain planting trial is part of a @kingconservationdistrict Regional Food System Grant Program with guidance from @thebreadlab. Launching a thriving grain economy in King County links farmers including @carnationfarms @steelwheel.farm and @jubilee_farm with local manufacturers @pikebrewing @westlandwhiskey @laganapasta and @grandcentralbakery. Cheers to our partners in grain!
Senior Project Manager, Regional Food Systems Program
Mary coordinates the KCD Regional Food System Program, including Strategic Initiatives and Food System Grants, with the goals of making an enduring contribution toward strengthening King County’s food economy.