Last week in the Indy
, we took a close look at ancient-grain breads via the Sourdough Boulangerie
While on the subject, this Saturday from 6 to 9:30 p.m., UCCS is hosting a Grain School Public Forum
in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
. And not only is it free to attend, but free beer and bread samples will be provided.
Here's what the event should cover, with expert guest presenters hailing from Arizona, New Mexico and Kansas:
Understand the history of grain in the Southwest and why the return of heritage wheat changes both landscapes and communities. But this is not all. Find out how the Land Institute’s breakthrough of perennial grain production might turn around agriculture, making farming more sustainable. Finally, hear from various farmers how small and larger-scale grain production in the West is possible and what will be needed to initiate and scale it up.
What's does the future of grain growing hold for Colorado?
And while on the subject now of agriculture, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens
is offering an "A to Z Organic Gardening Class
" on the following Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Horace Mann Middle School.
The cost to attend there is $10, and the lecture "will take the gardener through all the steps to having a great garden in 2016," to be followed up by classes in February, March and April. You'll learn about everything from soil conditioning and composting to hail protection and preferred veggie varieties for our area.