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The Millet Project: Where Have All the Grains Gone?

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
65 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 30, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Thanks to YOUR generosity, the millets will prevail!

November 04, 2016

Thank you, our dear friends and supporters! You have ensured that the millets will prevail!

Through your donation to the crowdfunding campaign for the Millet Project, we have raised more than $4000! Our team at the Millet Project is very grateful for your contribution. Your support helps us sustain another year's activities of diversifying agriculture and our diets. 

When we set up this campaign, we were hoping to reach out to people worldwide with the idea that we have nurtured as a team at the Millet Project - that of the cultivation and consumption of lesser-known grains such as millets. Your support energizes us, and we promise we will do our best in reviving these ancient grains!

With the money you have donated, we will continue our agricultural activities with the Millet Project at the Gill Tract farm at Berkeley, and with our farmer-collaborators in different parts of California. We hope to get more growers to collaborate with us in the coming years. We will also spread the word through public talks, school and college visits and reaching out to our community through our Annual Millet Exhibit, where we open our farm to the community members to touch, talk about and taste millets. All of this would not be possible without your generous support.

Thank you again, for believing in our goals and sharing our dreams! Cultivating and consuming millets brings immense pleasure to us all at the Millet Project, and we are thrilled to share this joy with you!


The Millet Project team

Last Chance to support The Millet Project, Perk Sale & visit us on Oct 9th!

September 29, 2016

Dear friends and supporters of the millet project,

The Millet Project is thrilled by the response of the community so far in supporting our mission. We already have 48 donors on our crowdfunding campaign, and would love to get to 60 donors before the end of our campaign, which ends in one day! Will you be one of the final donors to get us there? Please make your gift online at! Donations are tax-deductible, and really everything helps!

We are also having a huge PERK SALE - so if you always wanted to learn how to brew your own beer and get private instructions with our millet beer brewmasters Matt & Elisabeth (bring up to 3 friends!), or you want a private tour of our millet farm, or just some seeds - go check out our fantastic perks on!

And if you have already contributed, thank you! We are so grateful for our 48 donors that believe in our mission. Please share our page to help us spread the word. Also, if you weren’t able to make it to the Millet Exhibit, be sure to check out our update on our project page so you can see some of the photos.

The next chance to meet the Millet Project, to taste some delicious millet based foods and to learn more about millet is on October 9, at the LitQuake "Eat, Drink and be Literary" Event in SF! Meet our team members Hailey & Morgan and say hi. More Information here:

And please do follow us on TwitterLike us on Facebook, and check out our homepage!

Thank you for your help to keep the Millet Project going into its third year.


Patricia and The Millet Project Team

The Millet Project Update: 4 days left!

September 26, 2016

Hello to all!

With only four days left in our crowdfunding campaign, we at the Millet Project want to sincerely thank everyone who has decided to join us as we promote diversity in both our diets and in agriculture. 

After letting a few weeks pass since the Millet Exhibit, we've been regrouping and focusing on the future. In the near-term, we are excited to have a booth at the 2016 Litquake Festival's event, "Eat, Drink, and Be Literary" on October 9 at The Chapel in San Francisco's Mission district.

We are collecting and analyzing data both from our farming field trials over the summer, and from the survey results of taste-testers at the Millet Exhibit. 

We have also started planning for next year! Locally, we'll be looking to have a millet cooking competition (so start practicing your dish now)! Nationally, we are collaborating with farmers who grow millets already, connecting them with our farmers here in California. Internationally, we are working with groups in India to spread the cultivation of millets.

We truly appreciate your support. Please consider sharing this message with those you know also care about diversity, sustainability, and a nutritious future for us all.


Becky Mackelprang, and the whole Millet Project Team

The Millet Project Update: A glance at the 2016 Millet Exhibit

September 14, 2016

Hello all!

As we reach the middle of our crowdfunding efforts, The Millet Project team wants to share the great fun had by all at the Millet Exhibit yesterday at the Gill Tract Farm. To those of you who have donated, you have helped ensure that we are able to continue to engage with the community at this level. For those who haven't donated, you still have time to join us! We sincerely appreciate your generosity.

Team members George and Martin did a wonderful job of guiding tours through our field of millets. Our guests could really see that the millet grown with less water still fared well, especially compared to corn. The Pearl varieties, the Teff varieties, and the Foxtail all looked great, while we have learned of the great love turkeys have for Finger and Proso millets. 

Volunteers Rommel and Pierre made the cooking tent a tremendous success. The project was collecting feedback on two millet foods we are considering trying to market: vegetarian millet patties and millet fig drops. We are excited to process that feedback!

We were delighted that once again Matt and Elisabeth from the Bay Area Mashers brewed up some amazing millet beer for tasting. While I loved the IPA, others raved about the stout. 

We also were so grateful to have Mai (, one of our long-term farmer collaborators who was present to answer questions about how she grows and harvests millet on her farm. And graduate student Tuesday was there with a great poster to talk about the millet root microbiome and how it changes with the drought.

We truly appreciate all the volunteers, team members, and donors who came through to make this happen. Cheers to a nutritious, biodiverse, millet-filled future! Your donations will enable us to further establish a network of local millet farmers, producers, and consumers.


The Millet Project Team

Twitter: @MilletProject

Our way
of Thanking You


Social Media shoutout

The Millet Project will thank you for all the world to see on Twitter and Facebook!

21 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Recipe collection

You will receive a PDF collection of our favorite recipes with millet from all around the world - sweet, savory, from breakfast to dinner.

16 of 75 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Millet seeds

We will send you packs of three different kinds of millets for your home garden to grow yourself - choose between Teff, proso, foxtail, hybrid pearl, and japanese millet.

7 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Millet poster

Receive a high quality print of our educational millet poster. The poster includes nutritional value and background about millets and a description of what the Millet Project is doing. A great opportunity for teachers, foodies, and anyone who wants to show off why millet is such a great grain.

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Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Personalized thank you photo

PERK SALE! Was 500$. We will prepare a personalized photo at the farm to thank you for your support.

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Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Farm tour

PERK SALE! Was 1000$. Tour the UC Gill Tract farm with a member of the Millet Project to learn about growing millet and seeing our plants hands-on. Bring up to 3 of your friends.

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Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Private brewday

PERK SALE! Was 2000 $. You and up to three of your friends or family members will be given a private brewday with Matt and Elizabeth Youngblut, our millet beer brewmasters. The brewday includes one afternoon of brewing your own beer under the guidance of our two brewmasters and also some tastings of their own homebrewed beer. Learn everything about homebrewing that you always wanted to know! Matt is the current President and Elizabeth is the secretary of the East Bay homebrew club, The Bay Area Mashers. Matt is also a biochemist by trade. No question will remain unanswered! Once your beer has fermented, you get to take a case of 24 bottles home with you!

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Estimated Delivery: October 2016
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