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Grain: Keystone of the Food Revolution.  

We grow from the ground up, with your help.

What we do: The Washington State University-Mount Vernon Bread Lab and Grain Gathering bring together an international and diverse group of people whose common interest is non-commodity grains: growing them sustainably, milling and malting them, and turning them into delicious and nourishing breads, pastries, pastas and brews.

Led by Executive Director Dr. Stephen Jones, the Bread Lab wheat breeders and bakers analyze the flavors and characteristics of hundreds of wheat varietals that are among the thousands grown on WSU’s experimental fields and on Skagit Valley farms. Working with select harvests, resident baker Jonathan Bethony-McDowell experiments with milling techniques, grain processing techniques (roasting, sprouting, popping, malting, and more) and formulas to produce craft breads, pastas and other products that demonstrate the exceptional appeal and nutritional benefits of fresh milled whole grains.

In the Bread Lab, wheat breeders, scientists, bakers and chefs take the farm-to-table movement back to an even more powerful beginning: the seed.  In the words of The New York Times, “seeds are the new frontier of food”. The Grain Gathering has the distinct advantage of being connected to the nation’s only lab dedicated to craft baking, wheat breeding, and sustainable grain cultivation.  The Bread Lab is both an experimental laboratory and a baking test kitchen, and it is breaking new ground.  The Grain Gathering is where the year’s explorations and discoveries are shared for the benefit of the public.

Please join our community! By becoming a sponsor of The Grain Gathering and The Bread Lab you help support scholarships and educational programming.  Every donation helps, from $10 to purchase an ingredient for a student workshop to a million to build a new, expanded Food & Bread Lab.  Thank you!

At certain levels of contribution we offer promotional advantages to our sponsors.  Please let us know if you would like more information.

Washington State University is a 501c3 organization and your contribution may be tax deductible.  

Please contact Wendy Hebb for more information.
Cell: 360 707-1914.