Elizabeth Dyck - Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network
Elizabeth Dyck is a champion of the “new” old grains—“species and varieties that were cultivated in times past for superior flavor, nutrition and sustainability. Some of them,” she says, ”were grown in the western Pennsylvania region and now, after years of work by farmers, they are becoming available here again.” A long-time owner of an organic farm, she is equally eloquent supervising a threshing demo as she is generating quotes for the New York Times regarding collaborations with New York chefs and bakers. She has been to Western Pennsylvania several times, collaborating with Nigel Tudor at Weatherbury Farm in Avella, on his organic crops of half a dozen rare and ancient grains. She's a participant in a multi-million dollar USDA value-added project for regional grains. She and Mr. Senders have spoken at PASA's annual Farming for the Future conference. She is founder and coordinator of OGRIN. She has been growing organically for almost 50 years, and has been conducting participatory research for many years with farmers in Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Kenya. At Crimson Clover Farm, which she co-owns with her family, and which is certified through Global Organic Alliance, she conducts research and demonstrations on organic management and grows vegetables.