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Moving Wheat Forward: Bob Klein (Community Grains), Tom Hunton (Camas Country Mills), Sonoko Sakai (Common Grains)

July 28, 2017 @ 9:50 am – 10:30 am
Tent 2
Wheat, perhaps our most important food, has been asleep for 140 years, unchanging and losing its flavor, identity and character. 
In response, local grain communities have been on the rise, seeking healthier, tastier, truer food to nourish people and the planet. We’re working to bring regional wheat back to life, celebrate it by keeping it whole, growing it well, and re-imagining the system through which it flows.  But it’s hard work, and it is complicated.
You’ll hear from 3 local grain economies: goals, challenges and successes. 
This discussion can continue until lunch if participants are interested.

Bob Klein

After a successful, 30-year career in communications, Bob went on to open renowned farm-to-table restaurant, Oliveto, bridging the gap between his community and the source of their food. Community Grains grew out of his curiosity and deep relationships with farmers and leaders in the food movement.

Sonoko Sakai

Sonoko is a Los Angeles-based Japanese cooking teacher and noodle maker with an obsession for soba noodles.  She is the author of Rice Craft and The Poetical Pursuit of Food: Japanese Recipes for American Cooks.

Tom Hunton

Tom Hunton co-owns Camas Country Mills and Bakery and Northwest Mills here in Burlington, Washington.