Conference Schedule: Conference check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. on the first day, August 21, 2014. The first keynote presentation begins at 1:00p.m. The final workshop ends after lunch on Saturday, and the optional field trip to a farm, mill, and bakery, or a tandoor oven demonstration at the factory, begins after lunch on Saturday and ends later in the afternoon, about 4 p.m.
Choosing Workshops: Several workshops may be offered with limited enrollment. These will be announced on the online schedule and also in emails. In most cases observers are welcome. Otherwise, registrants are welcome to attend any workshop, panel discussion and/or lecture; no prior sign up is required, and you are free to make up your own schedule. We do ask that if you are interested in one of the field trips that you sign up in advance and we will make announcements about signups throughout the conference. If your event finishes before others, you are invited to drop in on workshops still in progress.
Field Trip: A field trip to a local mill, a third-generation organic farm that includes grains in its rotation, and Breadfarm, an award-winning bakery that is working with local grains, will begin after lunch on Saturday. A second field trip to Wood Stone Corporation, manufacturers of state-of-the-art tandoor ovens, will begin at the same time and will include a demonstration of baking flatbreads in the tandoor oven. Announcements will be made about signing up to participate. Because of the large number of people that tour, we will ask for volunteers to drive and carpool, and we will divide into groups. More information will be available during the conference.
Weather: Come prepared for Northwesty weather. It can arrive in great variety! Warm, cold, wet, sunny, windy, gorgeous, and that’s only Day One. Bring your sun hat, rain gear, warm sweater, down jacket, short sleeves, long pants, comfortable shoes and rolled up sleeves. Plan on anything and everything – meals in a tent while the wind blows, workshops on the grass while the sun shines. We recommend casual, comfortable “work” clothes that won’t mind the possibility of a few mud and dough splatters, depending on the schedule you choose.
Sun Protection: Some workshops and demonstrations are staged outside under the sun. Please bring hats and sun protection.
Water: Please bring your own water bottle to help reduce the use of throwaway cups. Bottles can easily be refilled in the Research and Extension Center.
Food: All food will be provided beginning with a delicious dinner on Thursday, September 12th, including breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast on Saturday, and finishing with a scrumptious lunch on Saturday. Our chefs works with local farmers to provide The Grain Gathering with a daily choice of wholesome and delicious regional foods. This year for the first time, some of the food we dine on will be prepared in workshops led by some of the regions best chefs and bakers. Please let us know if you have food allergies or concerns.
Internet: Internet access is available.
Children: We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 16 at the Grain Gathering.
Any questions about what to expect, please contact Wendy Hebb, 207-620-0697, firstname.lastname@example.org.