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 (farmermai.com), 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