Thank You Grain School 2018!


Grain School 2018 was a huge success!

Thank you Grain School pioneers, faculty, students, volunteers, and supporters. What an experience! The course was held over January 12 – 14, once again on the beautiful University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) campus. Graduates from this program will help lead the way in a revival of localized grain economies across the Rocky Mountain West.

RMSA and UCCS offer this powerful educational course each year with a focus on changing the grain paradigm in our region. Thank you to all our special guest instructors, amazing students, UCCS faculty and staff, and everyone involved in Grain School 2018! 

Started in 2016, Grain School trains and empowers people to grow, mill, bake, brew, and steward heritage grains in their communities. The innovative curriculum covers a range of topics including the history of land-race grains, crop breeding, nutritional and health issues with gluten and glyphosate, baking and fermentation, small craft brewing and small-scale production techniques.

The 2018 course was taught by RMSA's Bill McDorman alongside Margaret Harris, PhD, MS, HC (UCCS Department of Health Sciences); Janel Owens, PhD (UCCS Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry); Lee DeHaan, lead scientist, Intermediate Wheatgrass Program (The Land Institute); Michael Brownlee, author, co-founder Local Food Shift; Ben Butler, Hayden Flour Mills (Phoenix, AZ); Jacob Cowgill, Prairie Heritage Farm (Power, MT); and other special guests and experts in local grain farming, milling, and baking.

Grain School will be held next year again in January on the UCCS campus. Check back in late fall for dates. Learn more about the course here. In the meantime, help us find, test, trial and increase the seeds for ancient and heritage grains adapted to your specific growing conditions in the Mountain West. Join 30 other farmers and gardeners enrolled in our Heritage Grain Trials program. Thank you!


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We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening seed and food security in our region.

Our mission is to assure a diverse and abundant supply of seeds for the Rocky Mountain West through networking, education and helping establish community-based models of seed stewardship.



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