NORDIC HERITAGE CEREAL CONFERENCE
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10.00-13.30 Arrival, registration
13.30 Welcome to Nordic Heritage Cereal Conference. Allkorn, Sweden's University of Agriculture and Swedish Organic Farmer's Association welcomes you to the conference and tells you about the chosen theme.
14.00 KEYNOTE
14.30 KEYNOTE
15.00 Fika, Coffee time
16.00 Movie time: Cultivating Abundance
Åsa Sonjasdotter is an artist, re-searcher, writer and organiser, living on the island of Ven in Sweden and the city of Berlin in Germany. In her practice, Sonjasdotter engages in processes of remembrance and renarration of livelihood relations. By the cultivation of outlawed crops and close reading of archived matter (dead and alive), lost imagination and knowledge of the past and the present is brought into re-existence.

The film departs by a series of restored photographs from the very first plant breeding experiments in Svalöv. Further, it follows plant breeder Hans Larsson and the association Allkorn’s work to re-cultivate those grains of traditional farmer-bred varieties that were abandoned with the introduction of modern farming.

The film opens for reflection on the consequences this shift in method would come to have for human and more-than-human relations. How can the cultivated relations, that have become so vital to humans, be understood?

18.00/18.30 DINNER
06.30 Morning walk and talk. We meet up bright and early for a walk and talk about birds in the organic landscape
08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Three parallel sessions

1. The cultivation

During this session we will, among other things, take a closer look at which diseases can be found in the fields, how we can improve soil health and look at the results from a comparison of old and modern varieties of spring wheat.

2. Markets & Product development

Cultured grains are a booming market right now! In this session we’ll meet some of the talents working with product development of cultured grains, as well as take a closer look at what else is happening on the market today and what opportunities it has.

3. Nutrition and Health

Here we deep dive into questions about what difference there is in the nutritional composition between modern varieties and heritage varieties. We will also have speakers who will present their research with dietary fiber, phenols, gluten and antinutrients in heritage grains.

10.30 Fika, Coffee time
11.00 Three parallel sessions
12.30 Lunch
14.00 Excursion and other activities
 1. Excursion to the local company Saltå Kvarn, and to Skilliebyholm
2. A competition, products with heritage cereals, more information will be provided!
 3. Field hiking

18.00 Dinner party!
06.30 Morning walk and talk. We meet up bright and early for a walk and talk about birds in the organic landscape
08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Three parallel sessions

1. The seed & the right to seed

The challenges with the right to seed is an important issue when efficiency and high yields are the major goals in today's food industry. Here we dive deep into the history surrounding the right to seeds, how seeds are handled and what genetic resources we have today.














2. Flavors & quality

There are many benefits to growing cultured grains, both in terms of nutrition and the environment. That they taste good is an important aspect of getting their product sold. In this session a consumer study will be presented and we will talk about what you can do when you have an uneven quality of your grain.













3. Climate & diversity

Cereal cultivation has been central to farming systems since agriculture began to be practiced in Sweden. It is only recently that conditions have been created for farmers to work without needing tools or machines for threshing grain. With specialization, the landscape and, to some extent, plant successions have changed, and we ask ourselves how this affects e.g. biological diversity, resource management and life in the countryside. Prevailing structures have made mixed farming and often also grain cultivation unprofitable. Can the cultivation of niche crops be more profitable and, if so, create the conditions for a better use of the landscape's resources, an ecologically richer agricultural landscape and a strengthened vitality among Sweden's farmers?

10.30 Fika, Coffee time, Check out from hotel
11.00 Three parallel sessions
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Keynote speaker
14.00 Panel discussion
15.00 Conference ends