Stephen is a wheat breeder and the Director of the Washington State University Bread Lab. Stephen has a PhD in Genetics from the University of California at Davis. His first wheat crop was on five acres at Chico State University’s student farm in 1977. Together with Bread Lab staff and graduate students he breeds wheat and other grains for local uses to be grown on small farms in the coastal west and other underserved regions. In the Bread Lab they experiment with improved flavor, nutrition, functionality, and accessibility of regional and obscure wheats.