Learning from the Best

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What an honor to be with 50 of our California grain farmers and researchers for a beautiful day on the farm! People came from up and down the state, as far south as Santa Barbara and as far north as Modoc County. Rain-fed, organic, biodynamic, irrigated, rotationally managed, biointensive, and many farming practices were represented in a space to share what we’ve learned in our short time on this earth.

This is the start of a new kind of agriculture, a new food system that’s biodiverse and accountable to local eaters and environs.

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Jared Zystro of the Organic Seed Alliance on seed selection
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Talking equipment
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100% Sonora loaves by Revolution Bread

Pizza! Pizza!

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The Grain Campaign is blowing up! Hundreds of people signed their names in support of this effort to get all California farmers’ markets to require vendors use 20% local, whole grain by 2020. More and more market managers are joining our efforts, particularly in Northern California. When I spoke at EcoFarm last week, our grain panel was packed!

To keep up this good work, of letting people know how they can get the whole grain they’ve missed out on their whole lives, we need some dough. This is a volunteer-based education campaign and someone has to pay for┬áthe printing, driving to markets, and buying grains to sample. So, we’re going to make some dough! Pizza dough, that is.

Learn how to make pizza AND support the California Grain Campaign at this Gourmandise School class. The syllabus is:

Whole Grain Pizza Dough (meet the farmers who grow the wheat)!

White Pizza with Roasted Potatoes and Kale

Freshly Made Burrata with Organic Pastures Raw Milk

Pork Belly Pizza featuring Peads and Barnett’s Pork