What to Expect

expectConference Schedule:

Conference check-in begins at 12 Noon on Thursday, July 28, 2016. The first keynote presentation begins at 1:15 p.m.  The final workshop ends after lunch on Saturday followed by optional field trips.

Choosing Workshops:

Several workshops may be offered with limited enrollment to provide a hands-on experience.  These workshops will be announced in emails and on the website schedule with instructions on how to sign up.  Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

All registrants are welcome to observe the “limited-enrollment” workshops.  Sign up is not required as observers or to participate in any of the other workshops and panel discussions.  People at every level of expertise are welcome from beginner to professional.

If your workshop concludes before others, you are invited to drop in on workshops still in progress.

Weather & Clothing:

Come prepared for Northwesty weather.  It can arrive in great variety!  Warm, cold, wet, sunny, windy, gorgeous, and that’s only Day One. Bring your sun hat, rain gear, warm sweater, down jacket, short sleeves, long pants, comfortable shoes and rolled up sleeves.  Plan on anything and everything – meals in a tent while the wind blows, workshops on the grass while the sun shines.  We recommend casual, comfortable “work” clothes that won’t mind the possibility of a few mud and dough splatters, depending on the schedule you choose.

Sun Protection:

Some workshops and demonstrations are staged outside under the sun.  Please bring hats and sun protection.


Please bring your own water bottle to help reduce the use of throwaway cups.  Bottles can easily be refilled in the Research Center.


All food will be provided beginning with a delicious dinner on Thursday, July 28th, including breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast on Saturday, and finishing with a scrumptious lunch on Saturday.  Our caterers work with local farmers to provide the Grain Gathering with a daily choice of wholesome and delicious regional foods.  Most of our pastries and breads will be prepared in workshops led by some of the region’s best bakers.  Please let us know if you have food allergies or concerns.


Internet access is available.


We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 16 at The Grain Gathering.


Please contact Wendy Hebb, 360 707-1914, wendy.hebb@wsu.edu.

Washington State University