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Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn is a leading green businessman, with successful ventures in both organic agriculture and renewable energy.  Raised on a 2,400 acre wheat and cattle ranch in Montana, Quinn earned a Ph.D. in plant biochemistry at UC Davis before coming home to farm in 1978. In 1986, he planted his first organic crop, and by 1989, he had converted his entire farm. He served on the first National Organic Standards Board, which spurred the creation of the USDA’s National Organic Program, and has been recognized with the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award, The Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute’s Organic Pioneer Award. As an entrepreneur, Quinn has founded five significant enterprises: a regional mill for organic and heritage grains, an organic snack company, a business that sells culinary oil and recycles it as biofuel, Montana’s first wind farm, and Kamut International. Kamut, the ancient grain Quinn revived from a pint jar of seed found in a neighbor’s basement, is now grown on 100,000 acres of certified organic cropland and manufactured into over 3500 products worldwide. In addition, Bob remains active in research, and has co-authored pioneering studies on the nutritional benefits of ancient grain.
 

Grain by Grain Book Talk

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:30pm PDT
The Forum at Town Hall (west entrance)
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Join Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle for a Grain by Grain book event hosted by Town Hall Seattle. Doors at 6:30PM. Tickets are $5. 

Join Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle for a Grain by Grain book event hosted by Town Hall Seattle. 

Town Hall Seattle Presents Liz Carlisle and Bob Quinn Reviving Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:30pm CDT
Town Hall Seattl
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Over the years, he began...

When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Over the years, he began experimenting with organic wheat and he began to discover that through time-tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he could produce successful yields—without pesticides. Quinn joins us on Town Hall’s stage along with co-author Liz Carlisle for a look into their latest book Grain by Grain.

Quinn and Carlisle share details from these groundbreaking forays with organics, which have since turned into a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. Sit in for a conversation about the new story of American agriculture—plus some delicious ancient grain snacks for the audience to enjoy—and an exploration of a model that could revitalize stagnating rural communities, enrich degraded soil, and build a new sustainable healthy future grain by grain.

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Grain by Grain Book Event

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 4:00pm PDT
UC Santa Cruz
1008 Ranch View Road
Hay Barn
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States

Join Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle for a Grain by Grain book at UC Santa Cruz. 

Join organic farmer Bob Quinn and Stanford Lecturer Liz Carlisle for highlights from their new book, Grain by Grain.  Drawing on Bob’s 30-year journey in regenerative organic agriculture and renewable energy, they will discuss how transformation of regional food systems can drive big changes over time: creating good green jobs that rebuild rural communities, while providing healthier food and better environmental stewardship.  Along the way, they’ll shed some light on the recent epidemic of gluten sensitivity, and offer some suggestions for how to restore a healthy relationship with wheat. Organic snacks will be served, including samples of kamut-based products. Books will be available for purchase.