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Wheat Conference in Bologna, Italy, Draws a Global Crowd

GRGP was among attendees from around the world talking about wheat in an Italian medieval chapel at the First Annual Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems Conference.

Watch Henry Blair's Talk at the Conference!

From the latest newsletter.... 

July, 2018 -- A Dispatch from GRGP Sales and Operations Manager Henry Blair:

Last month I had the opportunity to represent GrowNYC and the Regional Grains Project at the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems in Bologna, Italy. The conference was organized by researchers at the University of Bologna, Kamut International and IFOAM to bring together scientists and practitioners in the ancient and landrace wheat field. Experts shared research, perspectives and future goals of a healthy grain system, and its impact on ecological and human health. The conference spanned three days and hosted 125 delegates from 24 countries. Discussions ranged from breeding and variety selection, to nutrition and digestibility, to market outlooks and opportunities for growth.

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The Variety Showcase

Monday September 24, Project Farmhouse

12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

This year the Culinary Breeding Network is partnering with GrowNYC to bring the VARIETY SHOWCASE to Project Farmhouse in New York City. This event is an interactive mixer designed to build community between plant breeders, organic farmers and eaters where attendees have the unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable, fruit & grain cultivars with the breeders that created them, share opinions, talk about needs & preferences and learn about the importance of organic plant breeding.

The event includes a series of tables featuring plant breeders with examples of their breeding work. The tables provide attendees with a tangible example of the bio-diversity being created with organic production and flavor in mind. Each breeder is paired with a chef that creates a dish that highlights the breeding project and samples are tasted by attendees.

The ticketed, indoor Variety Showcase NYC will be held at two times - DAYTIME (12:00 - 3:00 pm) and EVENING (5:00 - 8:00 pm). Please note there are different breeders and chefs at each time. There will also be interactive tables at a free, public outdoor space 2 blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tickets are $100 and available HERE. {Make sure to choose your desired time from the drop down menu.}

The Grainstand 

GRGP's retail outlet for grains & beans from our region.

Wednesdays and Saturdays at Union Square Greenmarket

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Check here for the Rotating Pop-up.



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