Partner Sponsors

The Bread Lab works with small grains and explores innovative applications and techniques for improving wholegrain milling, baking, cooking and malting.  With the support and collaboration of our Partner Sponsors we work to advance whole grains as an essential element in healthy and affordable diets for our communities.

We are deeply appreciative of the generosity and commitment of our Partners; it is the strength of this community of individuals, businesses and public agencies that in cooperation with one another is revitalizing regional grain networks across the U.S.  Please consider joining us!

For more information please contact Dr. Stephen S. Jones,; 360.707.4640.


Founding Partner & Major Sponsor
King Arthur Flour

We’re committed to treating our customers and partners, our community, and the natural environment with as much care as we give to maintaining the high quality of our flour. After all, healthy relationships with all of these stakeholders will enable our centuries-old business to continue working toward our mission for another 200 years.

Being a good steward of our community and our environment, treating our employees and our business partners with respect, and remaining steadfast in our commitment to quality has been King Arthur Flour’s recipe for success for more than 220 years.

We focus our efforts in four core areas: environmentemployeesproducts, and community. We strive every day to be good stewards of each of these things; identifying and implementing ways to improve our environmental footprint, providing funding and service to community organizations, nurturing an employee-focused ownership culture, and maintaining the highest standards for our products and services.

This approach has helped us win numerous workplace and product awards, grow our team of passionate and talented employee-owners, and build meaningful relationships with customers worldwide around the pure joy of baking. It’s our recipe for success, and, like all of our recipes, something we hope will inform and inspire.

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Founding Partner &
Major Sponsor
Acme Valley Foods


Founding Partner & Major Sponsor
Seed Matters

Seed is the first link in the food and fiber chain. And the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The Clif Bar Family Foundation created Seed Matters to improve the viability and availability of organic seed to ensure healthy, nutritious and productive crops.


Major Partner & Sponsor Skagit County Government

Skagit County is a very special place to live, with beautiful and diverse communities and extraordinary natural resources. Skagit County Government proudly serves the people, businesses, communities and organizations in this special place.

OUR MISSION is to be recognized as a premier county in Washington State for providing professional leadership, operational excellence, timely assistance, and maximum efficiency in service delivery to our customers.


Major Partner & Sponsor
Patagonia Provisions

Rethinking Our Food Chain
A person might need a new jacket every few years, but that person eats several times a day, and what and how we choose to eat makes a significant impact on the environment.


Major Partner & Sponsor
La Brea Bakery

La Brea Bakery is North America’s premier artisan bread brand. Founded in 1989, La Brea Bakery has been creating delicious breads and foods for more than 25 years, while staying true to its original recipe and process that has won over the culinary community and consumers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the brand has revolutionized the modern artisan bread movement creating hearth-baked, handcrafted breads and continues to be on the forefront of innovation. The bakery operates a flagship storefront in Los Angeles and a casual dining restaurant in Anaheim, California.


Major Partner & Sponsor
New York City Department of Education



Major Partner & Sponsor Seattle Foundation

Seattle Foundation ignites powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Focused on creating equity and opportunity, their goal as a community foundation is to simplify giving and strengthen the impact of philanthropy for the more than 1,200 individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits they serve. Their services include philanthropic advising, community insights, gift planning, family philanthropy, impact investing and global giving. Visit .


Major Partner & Sponsor Burgerville – FRESH. LOCAL. SUSTAINABLE.

Built on a tradition of serving fresh food made with local ingredients, we continue to partner with neighboring farms and businesses that share our commitment to quality food and regional vitality. From a single restaurant in 1961 to 42 across the Pacific Northwest, we continue to push the boundaries of quality and transparency.


Major Partner & Sponsor
The Bread Bakers Guild

Founded in 1993, The Bread Bakers Guild of America is an international, non-profit alliance of professional artisan bakers, farmers, millers, suppliers, educators, students, serious home bakers, technical experts, and bakery owners and managers, who strive to produce the highest quality baked goods. The Guild’s mission is to shape the knowledge and skills of the artisan baking community through education.

Major Partner & Sponsor Wood Stone Corporation

Wood Stone Corporation, based in Bellingham, Washington, has been manufacturing stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment for the foodservice industry since 1990. We have more than 13,000 installations in over 75 countries around the world.

Wood Stone has built its reputation on our family of stone hearth ovens. Our technologically advanced ceramics and engineering expertise, coupled with our high quality construction techniques and attention to detail, are typical of all of our products and relied upon by our loyal customers. Our product offerings have grown since inception and Wood Stone now also designs, engineers and manufactures a complete line of specialty commercial cooking equipment in addition to our oven offerings.

Changing the Way You Cook since 1990

In 1989, challenged with the task of finding a wood-fired stone hearth oven or “brick oven” that could withstand the intense rigors of the restaurant world, Keith Carpenter set out for perfection. Inspired to create a better wood-fired oven, Carpenter pitched some ideas to Harry Hegarty, an experienced builder of large-scale, high-temperature ceramic incinerators. This meeting marked the beginning of an integral partnership, and by 1990, Wood Stone was born.

Just five years later in 1995, Wood Stone introduced gas-fired and gas-assist stone hearth ovens, with many different configurations to meet the breadth of commercial demands and most importantly, the needs of high-yield cook lines. Ever since, the value, versatility and production of our ovens have continued to grow, driven by high industry demands. With the large 2007 expansion of our manufacturing facility – including a dedicated research and development lab and a state-of-the-art integrated metal fabrication system – Wood Stone now spans over 117,000 square feet.

Additionally, our facility offers a full-service 1,500-square-foot test kitchen. Inside, our corporate chefs immerse visitors in all things Wood Stone, showcasing our unique recipes and enabling customers to try their hand using the ovens. Year round, the Bellingham test kitchen sees chefs from small “mom and pop” pizza parlors to corporate chain restaurants to hotels and educational institutions.

Most recently, Wood Stone was acquired by Henny Penny in January 2014 and remains a privately held company. Wood Stone and Henny Penny are both well established foodservice industry leaders that manufacture in the U.S. and bring together core products and expertise with a special focus on the dining experience and volume cooking, respectively.

Throughout the years, the mission of Wood Stone has been steadfast. Committed to quality, innovation and customer satisfaction, Wood Stone is here for you providing helpful information during the design phase and technical support throughout your relationship with our company and our products.

Founding Partner & Major Sponsor
The Port of Skagit

The Port serves as an economic development engine for Skagit County by concentrating on our mission, Good Jobs for Our Community. At the same time, we take care to provide transparent governance and excellent public service at minimal cost to the taxpayers in our district.

Conveniently located in Northwest Washington’s fertile Skagit (pronounced Skaa-Jit) Valley, found midway between the metropolitan areas of Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, the Port of Skagit owns and operates three key facilities: the Skagit Regional Airport, the Bayview Business Park and the La Conner Marina. Combined, the port’s three facilities are home to more than 80 businesses that employ some 1,100 workers in sustainable household wage jobs, and we still have plenty of room to grow.

Local voters approved the creation of the Port of Skagit in 1964, realizing the need for an entity that would serve the economic needs of Skagit County by helping to create jobs in the natural resource fields of agriculture, wood products, fisheries and mineral extraction. Our focus has broadened over the years, and today the port’s essential purpose is to contribute to the economic vitality of Skagit County through the development of facilities and infrastructure that support local commerce, trade and tourism. We are guided by our promise:

We promise excellence in public service and leadership within a business landscape that inspires success and enhances the quality of life in Skagit County.

The Port of Skagit also seeks to be a responsible steward of the properties we control, because we recognize that protecting the environment contributes greatly to the fine quality of life we enjoy in the Skagit Valley.

The Skagit Valley has it all — great location, natural beauty, friendly people and a port district that is working hard to build and maintain a strong economy.


Major Partner & Sponsor
Clif Bar Family Foundation

We started Clif Bar Family Foundation in 2016 to support grassroots groups with inspiring ideas and limited funds.  We believe in the wisdom of starting small, seeing what works, and growing it genuinely.

Major Partner & Sponsor
Chipotle Mexican Grill 

Chipotle was founded on the idea that food served fast doesn’t have to mean a typical fast food experience. Today we are changing the way people think about and eat fast food by serving our customers fresher, more delicious food—made from ingredients that are raised responsibly and prepared using classic cooking techniques.

We call it Food With Integrity, and since we began seeking out better ingredients from more sustainable sources we have made considerable progress on this journey. Our Responsibly Raised® meats and dairy products come from animals raised without antibiotics or synthetic hormones. Our cheese and sour cream is made with milk from cows that are never given the synthetic hormone rBGH and an increasing amount of our dairy comes from pasture-based cows. We are committed to purchasing local and/or organically grown produce when possible—last year alone we bought more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce across all of our restaurants in the U.S. In addition a substantial portion of the cilantro, rice, and beans we serve our customers is organically grown.

We believe in transparency and bringing our customers into the conversation about where their food comes from. In 2013, Chipotle became the first national restaurant company to disclose the GMO ingredients on our menu and the first national restaurant company to work toward eliminating them. Our marketing efforts reflect these values. Through recent initiatives such as “The Scarecrow,” “Farmed and Dangerous,” and our Cultivate event series, we are working to educate through entertainment and inviting our customers to join us in cultivating a better world.


Major Partner & Sponsor
Clif Bar

Most companies have one bottom line. At Clif Bar & Company, we are a private, family and employee-owned company guided by five “bottom lines” or what we call our Five Aspirations: Sustaining our Business, Brands, People, Community and the Planet. These aspirations help us consider decisions from multiple perspectives that we value, and we choose the word “aspiration” in recognition that we’re on a journey and can always do more in each of these areas. 

Sustaining our Business: Building a resilient company, investing for the long-term. 

Sustaining our Brands: Creating brands with integrity, quality and authenticity. 

Sustaining our People: Working side-by-side, encouraging each other, our Company is our people. 

Sustaining our Communities: Promoting healthy, sustainable communities, locally and globally. 

Sustaining the Planet: Conserving and restoring our natural resources; growing a business that operates in harmony with the laws of nature. 

Like the spokes of a wheel, the Five Aspirations keep our company in balance as we move forward.

Major Partner & Sponsor
Whole Foods Market

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store”by Health magazine.

The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 88,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2014, the company had sales of more than $14 billion and currently has more than 405 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Major Partner & Sponsor
Westland Distillery

Founded in 2010 in Seattle, WA, Westland Distillery mashes, distills, matures and bottles American Single Malt Whiskey in the heart of the Pacific Northwest with the mission of bringing a new and distinctly American voice to the world of single malt whiskey.


Major Partner & Sponsor
Drexel University

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a top-ranked, comprehensive university recognized for its focus on experiential learning through cooperative education, its commitment to cutting-edge academic technology and its growing enterprise of use-inspired research. With more than 26,000 students, Drexel is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Drexel is committed to translational research and is poised to respond to novel opportunities for research, scholarship and technological development. Drexel is one of Philadelphia’s top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. For nearly a decade, Drexel has been ranked in the category of Best National Universities in “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S News & World Report.


Pacific Rim Tonewoods
mills wood for stringed musical instruments; we are also working on propagating lines of specialty hardwoods. Our website is

Major Partner & Sponsor
Camus Country Mill

When Camas Country first opened its doors, we were the first mill of our kind to operate in the Willamette Valley in nearly eighty years. Grist mills once peppered the landscape of the valley, particularly along waterways, with mills in even the smallest  communities. Over time, as the success of the seed industry pushed locally consumed grains to the margins, local mills also faded from the valley, and factory flour came to dominate pantry and grocery shelves across the Pacific Northwest.

The first rumblings of a local mill enterprise started in Tom Hunton’s mind as commodity crop prices were buffeted by the stormy economy during the recession. Having raised grass seed, vegetable and cover crop seed, and wheat for export for decades, Tom decided it was time to diversify the family farm even further, and try something virtually unheard of for a mid-size valley farm–grow grain for the local and regional market. There is tremendous infrastructure set up in Oregon to get wheat and grain out of the state (in 2011, 85% of Oregon wheat was shipped overseas), but very little to keep it within the state.

Meetings with the Southern Willamette Valley Bean & Grain Project and consulting with university plant breeders led to wheat test plots on Hunton’s farm. Defying conventional wisdom, that first harvest proved that valley-grown hard red and white spring wheat had sufficient protein to meet the needs of commercial bakers. Not content to grow the grain and navigate financially and environmentally damaging shipping to a processor elsewhere, the Hunton’s decided to build their own mill. With the help of local distributor Hummingbird Wholesale and the city of Eugene, funding and strategy for the pieces of Camas Country Mill came together, and our doors opened in the spring of 2011.


Washington State University