The Grain Gathering Comes to Skagit County

Monday, July 10, 2017

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Washington State University will be hosting the 2017 Grain Gathering in Skagit County, bringing people from all over the world together to "change how people eat, discuss grain nutrition, grain’s role in making the ancient state, and foodcare – caring for those we feed and those feeding us.” This remarkable event speaks to the incredible vision WSU has for finding and creating better ways to create and use our food resources.

This three-day event, held July 27 - 29, brings together millers, farmers, wheat breeders, food writers, chefs, community leaders and activists, home and professional bakers, maltsters, distillers and brewers in addition to entrepreneurs throughout the world. With over forty different workshops, demonstrations and discussions, attendees will be exposed to the latest advancements in grain production and end techniques. Through the sharing of best practices, experiences, and knowledge, attendees will be learning from each other in addition to gaining ideas and inspiration from guest speakers.

Some of the topics discussed will include –

  • How to start a whole grain bakery on a limited budget

  • Bread science

  • Poetry and art at work

  • Growing a regional grain network

  • Challenges of scale

  • Creating a just food system

Networking will also provide attendees with access to those in a similar industry niche who may be able to provide valuable insights.

2017 Speakers

The Grain Gathering brings together thought leaders, innovators and agricultural leaders. As such, the speakers have a diverse background and include –

Dr. David Killilea

Staff Scientist in the Nutrition & Metabolism Center at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and Specialist at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Dr. Killilea works at NIH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a nutritional biochemist focused on identifying the mineral micronutrients required to be in good health.

Dr. James C. Scott

Author and Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University

Dr. Scott’s research spans decades and includes comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, and peasant politics.

June Jo Lee

Food Ethnographer for Google Food and UMass Dining

Ms. Lee is a Food Ethnographer working to accelerate higher quality food experiences by applying the design philosophy of “foodcare” — care for those we feed, and those feeding us.

Kurt Dammeier

Founder of Sugar Mountain, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, The Butcher’s Table, and Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation

Mr. Dammeier is launching a series of food system change initiatives focusing on adult education, labeling transparency, and a new vision for school food in addition to running his companies.

Stay in Skagit County

If you are attending the 2017 Grain Gathering, we invite you to stay in Skagit County and enjoy the natural beauty of our area. Located on Puget Sound, we are a popular destination during the summer months.

The natural waterways, views of the mountain and agricultural areas make for a stunning landscape, relaxing days and an ideal summer vacation. We also have charming towns like La Conner where you can easily shop the day away and dine at restaurants featuring inspired farm-to-table recipes. Explore places to stay in Skagit County on the Visit Skagit County website.


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