The 2015 gathered together 293 participants from across Cascadia to Olympia, WA. The event was held in the newly finished Student Union of the South Puget Sound Community College. Participants heard from 38 speakers over 22 sessions. You can view and print the attached 2015 Agenda and Session Descriptions or read about them below. See below for a full list of 2015 Sessions, speakers and their presentations for more information.

2015 Conference Report

2015 Agenda


Growing Small Grains West of the Cascades
Tom Hunton, Camas Country Mill, Steve Lyon, Washington State University Mount Vernon & Sam McCullough, Nash’s Organic Produce; facilitated by Dr. Andrew Corbin, WSU Snohomish County Extension
Steve Lyon  Sam McCullough Andrew Corbin
View Sam’s presentation
View Steve’s presentation

Cascadia Grain to Cascadia Glass: Barley Breeding to Beer Making
Wayne Carpenter, Skagit Valley Malting and Brewing Co., Mike Doehnel, Skagit Valley Malting, Scott Fisk, Oregon State University Barley Breeding Project & Bob Rock, Skagit Valley Malting
Wayne Carpenter headshot  Scott Fisk Bob Rock
View Mike’s variety trail charts: part 1 & part 2
View Scott Fisk’s presentation
View Wayne, Mike & Bob’s presentation

Going Organic: Market Demand & Certification Process for Regional Grains
James Henderson, Hummingbird Wholesale & Tanya Murray, Oregon Tilth
James Henderson Tanya Murray
View James’s presentation
View Tanya’s presentation

Sourdough: How Sweet It Is
Jack Jenkins, Country Living Grain Mills
Jack Jenkins

Nuts, Bolts & the Business of Building a Craft Malt House
Twila Henley, Grouse Malting & Roasting Company & Eric Hyatt, Rogue Malting
Twila Henley Eric Hyatt
View Twila’s presentation

Growing and Marketing Specialty Grains from Cascadia to the Palouse
Dr. Kevin Murphy, Barley & Alternative Crop Breeder, Washington State University
Kevin Murphy
View Kevin’s presentation

Easy Baking With Barley: Part 1- Mixing the Dough
Easy Baking With Barley: Part 2- Shaping & Baking
Dr. Andrew Ross, Oregon State University
Andrew Ross 2

Developing Grain Networks in the Pacific Northwest & Beyond
Bob Klein, Community Grains & Oliveto Restaurant, Bryon Meade, Scratch & Peck Feeds & David Mostue, Dunbar Farms; facilitated by Dr. Stephen Jones, WSU Mount Vernon
Bob Klein Bryon Meade David Mostue Steve Jones
View Bryon’s presentation
View David’s presentation

The Future of Malting, Brewing and Distilling: The Impact on Food and Drink
Wayne Carpenter, Skagit Valley Malting & Brewing Co., Charles Finkel, Pike Brewing, Scott Fisk, Oregon State Univ. Barley Breading Project & Emerson Lamb, Westland Distillery; facilitated by Matt Lincecum, Fremont Brewing Company
Wayne Carpenter headshot Charles Finkel  Emerson Lamb Matt Lincecum
View Scott’s presentation on barley flavor

Value-Added Processing & Applications of Specialty Grains
Dr. Girish Ganjyal, Food Processing Specialist, Washington State University

View Girish’s presentation

 Home Baking 101
George DePasquale, Essential Baking Company
Hands on classes are limited to 24 participants; sign up at the Registration Desk
George DePasquale horz with bread

Small Scale Milling Operations, The Critical Link
Kevin Christenson, Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill, Jack Jenkins, Country Living Grain Mills & David Mostue, Dunbar Farms; facilitated by Tom Hunton, Camas Country Mill
Kevin Christenson Jack Jenkins David Mostue Tom Hunton
View Jack’s presentation
View David’s presentation

Distilling Beyond the Grain: Expanding Supply Chains With Local Ingredients
Ishan Dillon, Seattle Distillery, Ryan Hembree, Skip Rock Distillers & Tyler Schramm, Pemberton Distillery
Ishan Dillon Ryan Hembree head shot Tyler Schramm
View Ishan’s presentation
View Tyler’s presentation

Northwest Grains for Poultry – Feeding Birds for Eggs, Meat and Recreation
Dr. James Hermes, Oregon State University Extension Poultry Specialist
James Hermes
View James’s presenation

Bringing the Mills Back: Supplying Local Wheat Flour to Cascadia
Atish Babu, Equilibrium Capital, George DePasquale, Essential Baking Company & Josh Dorf, Stone-Buhr Flour Company; facilitated by Dr. Andrew Corbin, WSU Snohomish County Extension
Atish Babu George DePasquale horz with bread Josh Dorf Andrew Corbin

Creating and Protecting A Relevant Brand
Matt Lincecum, Fremont Brewing Co., Nick Myers, The Hartman Group Inc., Lucy Norris, Northwest Agriculture Business Center & Russ Rotondi, Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP
Matt Lincecum   Russ Rotondi
View Nick’s presentation on product branding
View Russ’s presentation on trademark law

Milling Oats: A Production Guide for the Pacific Northwest
Perry Anderson, Grain Millers Inc., Loren Behrman, Tualatin Valley Seeds/Behrman Farms Inc. & Louisa Winkler, Washington State University Mount Vernon
Perry Anderson Loren Behrman Louisa Winkler
View Louisa’s presentation

Grain or Grass: Which Is Right For You & Your Livestock
Susan Kerr, Washington State University Mount Vernon & Bobbi Lindemulder, Snohomish Conservation District
Susan kerr Bobbi Linemulder

See our Past Events page for the full agenda, speaker presentations, resources and links from both the 2013 and 2014 conference.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Rose Burke or call (360) 379-5610 202.

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