by Cassandra Malis, Program Manager at CRAFT

Chatham University and its Center for Regional Agriculture, Food and Transformation (CRAFT) is launching the Commonwealth Grains Community (CGC) membership to connect professional grain producers and processors in the greater Western PA region.

The CGC will set up a members-only free portal within the CRAFT website that provides informational resources, a calendar of upcoming events, local educational and networking opportunities and a forum for members to exchange questions and ideas.

Inaugural members include CNC Malting Company, Crust Worthy, Le Beau Gâteau, Driftwood Oven, Going With The Grain LLC, North Country Brewing Company, Novel Breads Co., Weatherbury Farm and Wild Rise Bakery.

Additionally, the CGC will offer educational webinars created by and for the CRAFT community and its members. Upcoming webinars during the summer of 2021 include Branding Local Grains, Marketing Local Grains and Brewing Local. A complete list of CGC webinars is available online HERE.

The Commonwealth Grains Community was developed as a result of the research CRAFT conducted at its 2020 Grains and Revolution conference, an event that amplified work being done by BIPOC chefs, farmers, bakers and millers to showcase the diversity of grains, baking and brewing. By intentionally supporting a more equitable and collaborative food system, CRAFT hopes to create a more sustainable and inclusive agricultural and culinary environment throughout the region.

“As we grow the CGC, we look forward to including a diverse array of grain producers, processors, retailers and other businesses and artisans,” said Cassandra Malis, CRAFT Program Manager.

To learn more about the Commonwealth Grains Community, please visit https://www.craft.chatham.edu/commonwealth-grains-community.