First question on the #LunchAgenda today: where are the women in bread??
After theorizing about that, today's guests helped uncover the history of grain agriculture and milling in the Mid-Atlantic, and explored how farmers might revitalize a local grain community moving forward. I sat with Steve Dryden, Executive Director of Friends of Peirce Mill (located in DC's Rock Creek Park) and author of Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation's Capital, along with Jason Wight, a University of Maryland researcher who studies efficiency and environmental implications of grain agriculture, and works on the US National Arboretum's Waves of Grain display.
It's easy to get breaducated at Peirce Mill if you're in DC this spring: Steve let us know that the Mill re-opens in April, to explore Wednesdays-Sundays from 10 am - 4 pm.
And Jason encouraged listeners to seek out flour from Glenn Roberts at Anson Mills.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW: GET BREADUCATED ON LUNCH AGENDA
Steve writes in his book, "The miller was America’s first industrial inventor. He was a builder, banker, businessman and host to the countryside. When there was a mill site, there was a nucleus for a town. America had so many Millvilles, Milltowns, Milfords, and other towns named after original mills that the post office department sponsored the changing of many such names to stop the confusion.” His book features great historic photos and tidbits about the prized flour coming out of Georgetown's port in the 1800's!
Steve's sound bite:
“Eat more whole grains. It’s not hard to do that, because there’s a stamp on all kinds of products from the Whole Grains Council. Be thankful that we have whole grains. Have an attitude of gratitude.”
Jason's sound bite:
“Do your part to stimulate a public dialogue towards interest in agriculture and science research...The US military budget is somewhere around $6 million, where our R & D budget is less than a tenth of that. If we put more money into science and science education, then we can try to figure out the causes and remedies for these world problems before it becomes a military issue.”
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