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Virtual Speaker Series Explores Whole Grain Supply Chain on November 15

The Center for Agrarian Learning at McHenry County College (MCC) announces the next event in their virtual speaker series, Forefront: Ideas in Food and Farming. “Whole Grain Supply Chain,” presented on Sunday, November 15 at 1 p.m., explores the importance of regenerative agriculture and whole grains, and describes how these practices improve soil health, human health, and local economies.

Baker Rachel Bernier-Green of ‘Laine’s Bake Shop, farmer Andy Hazzard of Hazzard Free Farm, and food-system dietitian Erin Meyer of Basil’s Harvest will discuss their personal experiences and challenges working with and growing specific grains. The speakers will also share details of their combined work with the Artisan Grain Collaborative.

“You may have noticed flour was in short supply at the beginning of the pandemic,” said Sheri Doyel, director of the Center for Agrarian Learning at MCC. “This, along with increased interest in personal health and the local economy, meant many who were baking at home turned to local, small-scale producers to fill the gap. These speakers experienced the effects of this phenomenon first-hand, and—in addition to sharing their vast knowledge about grains—will explain how each of their businesses have adapted to current events.” 

The session is free to attend, but registration is required. Those interested can visit to register. A Zoom link will be emailed 48 hours before the event. This event will not be recorded, so live via Zoom is the only way to view the presentation. Registration ends 48 hours before the event.

The next session in the series will be “Regenerative Agriculture: Details of a Profitable Journey” presented by North Dakota farmer and rancher Gabe Brown on December 13 at 1 p.m. The December session will also be presented in a virtual format and provided at no cost.

MCC’s Center for Agrarian Learning launched in 2019 as a resource hub designed to connect growers to the people and ideas they need to succeed via noncredit classes, seminars, and technical assistance. The Center for Agrarian Learning is funded in part through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. Food:Land:Opportunity is a collaboration between Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust.

To register and learn more about all upcoming presentations, visit