Cascadia Grains Conference

Presented by Washington State University Extension

A Sweet Treat

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Canadian artisan bread-maker, Byron Fry shared this photo of one of his homemade sweet treats. We’re looking forward to networking with bakers like Byron at the Cascadia Grains Conference this January!

Photo Credit: Byron Fry

Author: Cascadia Grains

In Western Washington and Oregon States, small grain crops have been in cultivation since the establishment of farms connected with fur trade era forts in the mid-1800s. Today, plantings of wheat, barley, oats, rye, and triticale are commonly rotated with high-value fruit, vegetable, and bulb crops in this coastal Cascadia region. Grains play an important role in reducing nutrient loss, providing organic matter to the soil, as well as breaking disease and pest cycles. An upsurge in consumer demand for regionally-produced grains has improved the profit potential and kindled grower interest in better management practices to improve crop quality for bread, beer, animal feed, and other uses. However, developing markets outside of the commodity chain is not easy for growers in western Washington and Oregon, as critical handling and processing infrastructure has been moved, dismantled, or repurposed for non-agricultural uses. The Cascadia Grains Conference brings together farmers, bakers, brewers, distillers, suppliers, investors, and others to invigorate the rebuilding of our regional grain system. Workshop themes cover: strategies on increasing demands for cereal poultry and livestock feeds, artisan breads, brewing, and distilling. Farmers learn how-tos and connect with scale-appropriate buyers. Investors and local government officials get the scoop on rising investment and policy opportunities. Purchasers get an inside look into grain production, quality, and brokering relationships to get the grain you want and need.

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