JANUARY 18th & 19th



The 6th Annual Cascadia Grains Conference was January 19th & 20th, 2018 in Olympia, WA.

  • Friday January 19th – various locations and times around Thurston County – Friday Hands-On Field Trips.

  • Saturday January 20th – full conference – 8 am – 8 pm – South Puget Sound Community College

Cascadia Grains 2018 Program

CGC One Page Program

June Russell of the NYC Greenmarket Regional Grains Project, 2018 Cascadia Grains Keynote Speaker

ABOUT JUNE RUSSELL: Recognizes as Slow Food NYC’s Snailblazer 2017, June grew up in Southwest Michigan’s famed Fruit Belt and has spent over twenty-five years in numerous capacities within the food business, from baker to chef to café and bar manager.

She has advocated on behalf of farmers and small producers throughout her career. June came to Greenmarket, GrowNYC in 2004 and learned the market system through managing several neighborhood-based markets across the City. Since 2007 she has been the organization’s Farm Inspections Manager and has traveled extensively within the region, visiting producer farms and production facilities. These experiences have given her the background and insight to think strategically on behalf of growers and on re-building a regional food system. Her recent work on facilitating the production of grains and processing in the region highlights Greenmarket’s capacity to be a progressive force in driving farm viability in the Northeast.

June spearheads Greenmarket’s Regional Grains Project, which works collaboratively with researchers, farmers, processors, bakers, distillers, brewers, chefs and consumers to foster a thriving regional grains economy. Read More About the NYC Greenmarkets Regional Grains Project Here.


CGC Field Trip BAKING Sold OutHands-On BAKING the Breakfast Edition: Aebleskivers, Drop Biscuits, Challah, and Digestives with Annie and Andrew 12:00 – 5:00 pm at the South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA (2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512

Andrew Ross, Oregon State University Professor of Cereal Science, and Annie Moss, pastry baker and co-owner of Handsome Pizza & Seastar Bakery, love baking with whole grains. Join them as they share their enthusiasm for all things breakfast: Aebleskivers, Drop Biscuits, Challah, and Digestives in this hands-on class. Learn tips and strategies to become a better baker, and make your whole-grain baking dreams come true. Impress your friends, nourish your family, and treat yourself. 

Cost: $70 includes all materials. REGISTER

Sponsored by The Culinary Breeding Network and the The South Puget Sound Community College

CGC Field Trip BREWING Sold Out

Hands-On BREWING AND DISTILLING 1:30 – 5:30 pm at the Historic Tumwater Brewery, Matchless Brewing, Triceratops Breweries, and Sandstone Distilling. Pick up the bus at the historic Schmidt House (330 Schmidt Pl SW, Tumwater, WA 98501)

A behind the scenes tour (and taste) of Sandstone Distillery, the Tumwater Warehouse District (including the Triceratops and Matchless Breweries and the 8 Arms Bakery), and a sneak peak at the historic Tumwater Brewery Building and Craft Brewing and Distilling Center. Cost includes bus transportation to each site, tours and tastings. Pick up the bus at the historic Schmidt House  (330 Schmidt Pl SW, Tumwater, WA 98501) in Tumwater, WA.

NOTE: Steep inclined hill required for entry to the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center. If you require additional assistance please email at least two weeks in advance. Parking available. Must be 21+ to sign up.

Cost: $60 includes bus transportation and tastings. REGISTER

Sponsored by the Brewing and Distilling Center, The City of Tumwater and the Tumwater Warehouse District

CGC Field Trip EQUIPMENT Sold Out

Hands-On EQUIPMENT FIELD TRIP 12:00 – 3:00 pm at Scatter Creek Farm (8941 James Road SW, Rochester, WA)

You can grow a lot of grain in a hurry, but what about post-harvest handling and getting it to market before it spoils or is soiled by pests? We’ll meet at the Scatter Creek Farm and Conservancy in Rochester, WA to view and learn about the full battery of equipment needed for grain post-harvest handling and processing. 

Hear from a group of experienced grain producers and extension educators as we sequentially look at post-harvest handling from the field to grain wagon, cleaner, transfer bins, augers, storage vessels, and the one-ton tote, granary or 50-pound sack for sale. Most of our time will be spent in discussion around equipment, followed by auger, cleaning and mixing demonstrations. Event fee also includes a meal catered by Tamale Fusion, with hot beverages. Hand warmers, outdoor heaters and covered space provided. Most of the equipment walk and talk will be under cover, except for some of the bigger pieces! 

Cost: $40 includes a light lunch REGISTER

Sponsored by the South Puget Sound Community Farm Land Trust and WSU Thurston County Extension

CGC Field Trip TASTING Sold OutHands-On TASTE THE GRAIN: A culinary journey and history of local heritage grains paired with the Puget Sound’s finest craft brews and spirits 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Historic Schmidt House in Tumwater, WA (330 Schmidt Pl SW, Tumwater, WA 98501)

A two hour tasting event exploring the complexities of heirloom grains of the Cascadia Region. From Fur-trade to the Pacific Railroad, your delicious journey will be guided by historian Dr. Richard Scheuerman (Palouse Heritage) and Rob Salvino (Damsel and Hopper) along with the South Puget Sound Community College Catering team, pairing small dishes using locally sourced ingredients with accompanying regional beer and spirits from Copperworks Distilling, Fremont Brewing. Ghost Fish, Old Stove, Sandstone, and Top Rung. Must be 21+ to sign up.

Cost: $90 includes tastings and paired alcohol REGISTER

Sponsored by Palouse Heritage and the South Puget Sound Community College Catering Team

ABOUT THE CASCADIA GRAINS CONFERENCE HISTORY: The Cascadia Grains Conference was launched in the summer of 2012 by a group of researchers at WSU interested in bringing the full grain value chain together to learn, make connections, and energize regional grain growing and those making end-use products in Cascadia’s breweries, distilleries, bakeries, feed mills etc.  Over the years the annual event has grown in size and scope and in 2015 nearly 300 participants gathered in Olympia, WA to discuss our grain-shed.



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See our Past Events page for the full agenda, speaker presentations, resources and links from the 20132014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 conference.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs two weeks prior to the event who contact Aba Kiser or call 360-531-0312.

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