Tuality Plains Great Grains Project
Wheat and other grains were among the first crops to be grown in our region. In fact, Joseph Gale, the first governor of Oregon, built and operated a gristmill on Gales Creek.
During the 19th century every state in the US grew wheat for local use. Every variety of wheat was adapted to its region. Then came industrial agriculture and industrial bakeries, and local wheat was replaced with standardized wheat – the same few varieties of wheat grown in huge monocultures in limited number of places, selected for yield and uniformity, not taste!
Yet in Forest Grove, as in many other places, we are rebuilding our local food economy. The Forest Grove Farmers Market, local CSAs, wineries, and breweries offer fresh vegetables, meat, eggs beer cider, wine and local products.
Local grain is the major missing ingredient!
Here at Foodways at Nana Cardoon we are dedicated to helping build back our regional grain economy. As one of our major initiatives, the Tuality Plains Great Grains Project, we are working with a small and growing group to bring back that missing wheat, and other grains, too.
Why? To build a sustainable, local grain economy for the health of our community and the health of our regional soils.
Where? The targeted growing location is western Washington County farmland.
- To establish a local grain culture of growing grain sustainably to be used by local markets, bakers, brewers, distillers, and other consumer access points.
- Improve soil health.
- Increase local farmer involvement and consumer interest.
- Increase appreciation by urban consumers of Tualatin Plains working landscape as the destination to experience delicious taste and flavor adventures.
Our group is dedicated to expanding “know your farmer” to “know your farmer, miller, baker, and brewer.” Assisting grain farmers, miller training, and building a regional support system are just a few of the areas to be covered to build a thriving and vital foundation for farmers, producers and eaters.
For more information on the Tuality Plains Great Grains Project contact Charlene at 503-357-4992 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
A partial list of individuals and businesses supporting the TualityPlains Great Grains Project include: Charlene Murdock, Foodways at Nana Cardoon; Lyle Spiesschaert, Spiesschaert Farms; Anne Burblinger, Gales Meadow Farm; Dave and Meredith Ferrier, Slow Rise Craft Breads; Waltz Brewing; Dogwood Distilling; Jeremy Jensen, Old Wilson River Ferments; To The Roots Coffee; and many industry consultants and professionals in agencies, businesses and universities throughout our region.