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Great Grains Fundraising Dinner

August 26, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Enjoy a locally sourced dinner & help grow the local grain economy.

Grain, the missing ingredient in many locally sourced meals, just became a little more local and accessible. Now in its second year, the Great Grains Initiative grew to 26 acres of sustainably grown grains, up from just three acres of production in its humble beginning a little over one year ago.

Now we need your help to continue! Plan to attend the Great Grains fundraising dinner on Sunday, August 26. All proceeds from the event go toward milling, community outreach, marketing, and education.

The Great Grains Initiative Dinner

Sunday, August 26

4:30 pm: Come early to experience bread baking in the earth oven, Farm Tour, Appetizers, and Beverages

Silent Auction: 4:30 pm -6:30 pm

6:30 pm: Dinner, Speakers, Live Auction

While enjoying the tasty dinner (with bread and crackers featuring freshly milled flour, of course) you’ll learn the history of grains in the upper Willamette Valley, why it is important to bring them back into production, and what we can all do to make this happen.

Several speakers will share their experience with local grains:

Lyle Spiesschaert, Spiesschaert Farms

Adrian Hale, 1000 Bites of Bread

Plus Charlene will give an overview of what’s ahead for local grains in this exciting program! (left; Charlene and Dr. Andrew Ross compare texture in bread at OSU Bread Lab.)

From soil health to our health, reviving the local grain economy brings many benefits. Click here for more information on why we are focusing on grains, how we got started, and our goals for local grain production.


Menu highlights:

Fennel Flower Roasted Beets

Roasted Marion Acres Chicken

Local Cheeses

Heirloom Tomato Platter with Olive Oil and Traditional Balsamic

Bread and Cracker Baskets featuring freshly milled flour

Many thanks to our ingredient contributors!

Marion Acres Poultry

Slow Rise Bakehouse

Helvetia Creamery

Fraga Farmstead Creamery

Gales Meadow Farm

Seka Hills Olive Oil

Nana Cardoon Urban Farm and Bakery

Casa Bruno Wines

Caffe Umbria


Can’t make it to dinner but still want to help?

Make a contribution to the Great Grain Initiative.


August 26, 2018
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Charlene Murdock