Virtual Class: Local Grains & Flour from the Ground Up

Thursday, 4/22/2021

Virtual Class: Local Grains and Flour from the Ground Up!

featuring Andrea Stanley
Owner of Valley Malt and Ground Up Grain

Thursday, April 22, 2021 • 7pm - 8:15pm

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Meet Andrea Stanley, owner of Valley Malt and Ground Up Grain and founder of the Northeast Grainshed Alliance, honored by Food and Wine and Forbes Magazine in 2016 as one of the 20 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.

Andrea will give us a virtual tour of Ground Up’s brand new mill in Holyoke, discuss the revival of grain growing in the Northeast, and review the options home bakers have when reaching for flour. You may already be using freshly ground Ground Up Grain flour for your baking needs, or maybe you're interested in how Valley Malt produces grains for local breweries—now you can tour the mill with Andrea and learn about how locally grown grains and locally milled flour help create a resilient and sustainable food system!



Since 2009, Andrea Stanley has been on a mission to bring the malthouse back and turn local grains into local malt for craft brewers and distillers in New England. What began as a curiosity about grains growing on local farms has turned into a career of creating world-class malt for craft brewers and distillers, and with the addition of Ground Up mill in 2018, fresh stone-milled flour for bakers. 

Depending on the day of the week, Andrea can be found milling flour, stirring malt, and helping to rehabilitate an old paper mill in Holyoke, MA, which will be the new home for her mill and malthouse. When her hands are not in grain, she is working to make the dream of a sustainable, transparent and regionalized food system real. In 2013, she helped form the Craft Maltster’s Guild and served as the chair of the board for five years. In 2019, she helped to form the Northeast Grainshed Alliance, which supports the sustainable growth of Northeast grains. In 2016, she was honored by Food and Wine and Forbes Magazine as one of the 20 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. In her spare time, she searches for anything she can read about the history of barley and malt. She also loves gardening and walking her dog Petunia. Andrea lives in Hadley, MA with her business partner and husband, Christian, and their three teenagers.


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