Whole Grain Connection
Local and sustainable whole grains from farmer to baker, for good health
 
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Reports & Newsletters
Newsletters from 2000 until 2004 give an account of our progres in engaging farmers who wanted to grow organically, locally appropriate old-fashioned wheat varieties. Topics covered include whole wheat nutrition, small scale handling of wheat seed and a simplified wheat botany. In most newsletters, the table of contents summarizes the topics covered.
 
Also in 2004-2005, Gene Spiller Ph.D was writing the book, What's With Fiber?, with Monica Spiller as his co-author. Very sad indeed am I to report that my husband Gene passed away in 2006, following a car accident. Gene was 79, and had contributed greatly to our knowledge of dietary fiber, since beginning his fiber research in the early 1970s. The good thing is that he wrote popular books on nutrition, as well as numerous technical works. He delighted in bringing together others interested in dietary fiber, so his books are rich in the spectrum of observations on nutrition generally. Because he loved food, after all he was an Italian-born American, he gave us insight into whole foods as much as insight into the content of foods, in appreciation of the fact that all the components interplay to give pleasure and healthfulness, or not, as the case may be.

By 2006 our wheat experimentation had been assisted by Lee Jackson Ph.D, UC Davis; we were able to select 12 varieties of landrace wheat that seemed to be reasonably resistant to the prevalent fungal diseases, and gave reasonable yields. Because we aim to grow wheat without irrigation, we do not expect the high yields experienced by conventional growers who usually irrigate and also use a high input of nitrogenous fertilizers.
 
Our progress and news from about 2006 until now in 2011, is represented in our Catalog, the Landrace Position Paper 2008, and most recently in meetings with farmers such as the September 18, 2010 meeting reported below. 
 
Click on the links below to read or print out newsletters and reports

WGC Newsletter #1 February 2000

WGC Newsletter #2 September 2000

WGC Newsletter #3 April 2001

WGC Newsletter #4 October 2001

WGC Newsletter #5 August 2002

WGC Newsletter #6 October 2003

WGC Newsletter #7 August 2004

Happenings at the Whole Grain Connection Farmers meeting September 18, 2010

Millstone Dressing Workshop June 28, 2015, Report

Millstone Dressing Workshop at Miller's Bakehouse July 30, 2016

In October 2016 we began a new series of newsletters via e-mail especially to distribute lists of whole grain bakers, heritage grain farmers, heritage grain seed suppliers, and more, so that farmers, bakers and whole grain eaters could connect easily. 

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