Farmer Brewer Baker Summit

Grain Summit

Slow Food St. Louis joins Food Works and Regenerate Illinois and other sponsors to present the Illinois Missouri Farmer Brewer Baker & Distiller Summit, Tuesday, February 7th in Alton, IL at the Old Bakery Beer Company. Register Today!

Illinois-Missouri Farmer Brewer Baker Summit

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Old Bakery Beer Company

400 Landmarks Blvd, Alton, IL 62006

On Tuesday February 7th farmers, brewers, distillers, and bakers from two states will convene at Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois to explore the grains they have in common.

Food Works and Regenerate Illinois are presenting the bi-state Farmer Brewer Baker Grain Summit, a producer-centered day of roundtable discussions, networking and inspiration for farmers, brewers, distillers, and bakers committed to improving local sourcing of grain ingredients.

“So many good things are happening in Missouri and Illinois with small grains, artisan grains and new varieties,” said Food Works Executive Director Kathleen Logan Smith. “It is time we get everyone in the same room to catch up and make connections as we strive to strengthen this key part of our food system.”

Panelists will present topics including baking breads from specialty grains and local grains; growing new grains like Kernza, an intermediate wheatgrass developed by The Land Institute in Kansas; producing grains for distilling, and the challenges of getting local barely into local beers and spirits.

Agricultural Economist John Ikerd will open the Grain Summit.  John is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Missouri and author of numerous books including “Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense”, “Small Farms are Real Farms: Sustaining People Through Agriculture” and “The Essentials of Economic Sustainability”.

The full-day event includes lunch. Farmers, brewers, bakers, and distillers can register for $25 at: or by calling (618) 370-3287 ext. 101.

Registration for the general public is $35 at the same website.

Food Works is a non-profit organization in Carbondale, IL facilitating the development of a regional food system in Southern Illinois where farms, communities and people thrive.

Regenerate IL is a new Illinois-based consortium uniting farmers with a diverse network of partners committed to developing and promoting diverse farming systems that protect and regenerate land, water, people and wildlife, while building cooperative, vibrant, resilient local food economy communities across Illinois.

Summit partners include the Missouri Grain Project, Slow Food St. Louis, Fresh Taste, Old Bakery Beer Company, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Artisan Grain Collaborative, Prairie Rivers Network, Hewn Bakery, Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery, Missouri Farmers Union, and the Southern Illinois Farming Alliance.


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