Jackie and Andy King (A&J King Artisan Bakers), and the Salem Pantry team up though the Neighbor Loaves program to help each other out. Read about how this partnership helps grain farmers, millers, bakers and people in need! To learn more about the Neighbor Loaves Program, click here!
Thursday, July 2, 2020 – Emily Cayer from the Northeast Grainshed joined Ali Berlow on the Blue Flame Radio Hour – a show about food and cooking, hope, change and deliciousness hosted by Ali.
Ali Berlow serves up beautifully worded, informative, and hopeful conversations around food and community. Tune in to The Blue Flame Radio Hour with Ali at 107.7 FM – WVEW – Brattleboro Community Radio, Vermont.
“As a small business in these times, we know how difficult it is right now and yet we all see so many of us caring, loving, and supporting for those experiencing even more difficulty. As privileged people living in a privileged community, our time has come to do everything we can to uproot and end racism here in our community and around the country.
Over the weekend we learned about the national effort #bakersagainstracism and decided this was one way we could activate our anger, frustration, and hunger to get to work and support change we want to see. We reach out to the organizers and got permission to join the project.
If you are interested in getting involved, we are looking for 30 businesses in the area to join us.
This is the Plan (suggestions welcome):
From June 15th-20th you can commit to baking a particular product of your choosing and donate 100% of the proceeds to The Peoples FundMass Bail Fund or a BlackLivesMatter organization.
We will give you the flour to bake your item.
We will help promote and we will also host a Socially Distanced Bake Sale on June 20th in Hadley (location TBD most likely on the town common)
We will keep track of everyone’s efforts and tally up our impact to share with you.
You can sell the baked good through your normal sales channels: at your bakery, restaurant, delivery service, etc)
You can have a Virtual Bake Sale with drop off, pick up or mailing out.
You can join us in Hadley on June 20th for our Socially Distanced Bake Sale (flyer coming soon)
If you want to learn more, follow the hashtag #bakersagainstracism to see what other bakers, chefs, and home bakers are doing across the country and world. There are some beautiful baked goods that will make you drool.
Join Gary Bergstrom and Jenn Thomas-Murphy from Cornell at the Small Grains Management Virtual Field Day!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to hold our traditional, in-person, Small Grains Management Field Day at Cornell’s Musgrave Research Farm this year. However, we invite you to participate in our first virtual Small Grains Field Day via Zoom. This will be an opportunity to learn about the latest in small grains development, management, and markets. Highlights this year include an introduction to Cornell’s first ‘Born, Bred, and Brewed in New York’ spring barley variety. All participants on the call will be invited to ask questions and make comments. No registration is required. So please plan to log-in to Zoom (instructions below) before 10 AM on June 4. Looking forward to hearing and seeing you on Zoom!
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If you have never participated in a Zoom meeting, you will need to install the Zoom software before you can attend our virtual field day. Instructions for installing the Zoom client on Windows and Mac Desktop computers, Apple iOS devices, Android devices, and ChromeOS devices are available on the Cornell IT website at https://it.cornell.edu/zoom/install-zoom-software.
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Please ensure your mic is muted and camera off while presenters are speaking
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Be aware of noise around you, and try not to watch in a busy location. This will make it easier for you to hear as well as everyone else in the session if you come off mute
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River Valley Community Grains, a Northeast Grainshed member in Long Valley, NJ has partnered with a farmer, baker, and food pantry to provide bread for people in need through the Neighbor Loaves program. This collaboration is supporting the entire grain supply chain in New Jersey- from soil to loaf. Here are the details of this inspiring story…
The wheat was grown at Ruthie’s Farm in Marksboro, and stone-milled into flour by River Valley Community Grains in Long Valley. Nutritious and delicious Neighbor loaves will be baked by Montclair Bread Company in Montclair using this fresh flour. Neighbor Loaves will be purchased by Montclair Bread Company’s customers and donated to Toni’s Kitchen, also in Montclair. People in need will enjoy the Neighbor Loaves, thanks to this incredible collaboration!
Can you say positive, local feedback loop!
This is just the kind of collaboration that the Neighbor Loaves program is promoting!
Thanks to everyone involved with the Neighbor Loaves program in the Northeast! If you want to get involve or learn more check out our website or email us at email@example.com
The Northeast Grainshed recently joined Neighbor Loaves, a program launched by the Artisan Grain Collaborative. Customers buy loaves that bakers donate to food pantries, and the effort invests in the entire supply chain from field to loaf. This initiative helps secure the local grain chain during the pandemic.
Joining is easy. The promotional, informational, and participation steps are already prepared.
Here’s how it works:
Consumers purchase Neighbor Loaves℠ online from participating bakeries.
Bakers source grain from Northeast farms and bake Neighbor Loaves, which contain at least 50% locally grown and ground flour.
Neighbor Loaves are distributed to community feeding organizations to support your neighbors in need.
Right now, farmers are planting grain, and they need to know they’ll have a place to sell this year’s crop. Local mills need to keep busy grinding last year’s grain, while bakers are facing reduced revenue in this new environment.
At the same time, emergency feeding organizations are in need of bread. Food banks and pantries often rely on donations from retailers, but since bread is flying off the shelves at food co-ops and grocery stores, there isn’t much to spare.
Neighbor Loaves creates links from cities and towns all the all the way back to Northeast fields. Neighbor Loaves are made with at least 50% local flour, paid for by donations that help bakers meet expenses, while investing in local grain farms and mills.
The concept is ours to shape as our imagination desires. Feel free to use this format to donate any grain product to people in need while supporting grain-based businesses. Maybe it’s neighbor pancake mix, or neighbor whiskey to support hand sanitizer production. Or tortillas, granola or breakfast bars. Let’s capture folks’ generosity and keep our critical grain supply chain primed, and ready to serve us once we come out of disaster.
Interested in joining Neighbor Loaves? Please get in touch for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast Grainshed Founding member and Advisory Board member Francis Domoy got in touch with us a few weeks ago about putting the Northeast Grainshed logo on his Domoy Farm seed truck. Here is his story…
“The story of the seed truck! After many years of handling seed in many ways: paper bags, super sacks and a bushel basket gathered from a gravity wagon the time arrived to add the use of an auger with hydraulics to load grain drills, planters and the spreading of cover crop seeds to the farm.
After driving by the cab and chassis parked with a ‘for sale’ sign many times (the truck showed much wear from delivering propane through many winters) we decided to buy and rejuvenate the vehicle. Lots of scraping, sanding, priming, and then painting – it was brought back to life for a gravity box to be mounted to hold bulk seed. Wow! What a piece of work to carry those precious tiny seeds for planting in the Northeast Grainshed.
After bringing the seed truck to life, an email arrived entitled “Born Bred and Brewed in New York” which really energized our farm interest saying we must consider making the maiden use of the seed truck to plant this new barley variety. After numerous emails with Cornell and it’s plant breeders, we were allowed to plant CU31 barley on our farm!!!! It was like the Seed Truck was honored to complete the mission of Cornell’s dedication to the Born, Bred, and Brewed project lead by Mark Sorrells, Gary Bergstrom and tired graduate student Daniel Sweeney from the Love Lab.
And so the precious seeds arrive in the hands of Phil Atkins to be placed in the Seed Truck for planting this coming week ready once soil is ready to go.
The Seed Truck contributes to the Northeast Grainshed!!!!!
The Northeast Grainshed is fiscally sponsored by the Tiny Seed Project, Inc. 501(c)3.