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Grain School Online, Course 3: Apr 7th-31st

April 7, 2023

Sponsored by UCCS Human Physiology & Nutrition Department, Grain School online is a foundational course that builds knowledge and hands-on practical skills for university students and community participants. University students take Grain School Online as a regular academic course taught in the semester. Community students can register for 3 different short courses or opt to take all three courses.

Grain School Online is an annual online course building the foundation for students to take Grain School in the Field. Grain School in the Field is a field-based course with greater hands-on learning offered across Colorado with a changing curriculum annually.

Part 3: Community (April 7 – 28, 2022)

Find more information and register HERE.

NHPN 3003 (1 continuing education unit)


Cost: $150


Description: This course focuses on the grain value chain and the broad applications of culinary uses and techniques that turn whole grains into products through artisanship. Re-building a heritage grain economy requires everyone to work together along the grain chain from seed to field to bakery, to kitchens and at home, in communities, and in institutions. Grains build community which will be elucidated by stories, but not without examining the histories and trade routes of grains and their lingering impacts on inequality, shaping the variable access to nutritious food around the globe. This course also highlights the role of grain in food security and sovereignty.

Part 3 is co-hosted by the Colorado Grain Chain (CGC) and includes hands-on baking and cooking activities and actionable institutional interactions in collaboration with interested institutional partners and UCCS’ Grain School Test Kitchen.

Audience: Anyone working in community food systems settings and people/professionals interested in improving skills in kitchens and bakeries using locally adapted, whole, and heritage grains. Community organizers, farmers who like to bake, artisan bakers and chefs, health and nutrition professionals, food service professionals, educators, and individuals.



Course Details: 


  • Live Check-In Sessions: Thursdays (4.30-6PM MST)
  • Orientation
  • Introduction to Heritage Grain Diversity and the Heritage Grain Chain
  • History and Culture
  • Grain Value Chains, Food Security, and Community Resiliency
  • Trade Routes, Colonialism, Food Justice, and Food Sovereignty
  • Developing Grain Value Chains in Institutions: Ingredients, Recipes, Menu Design, and Grain Literacy approaches
  • Grain Chain Policies and Systems Level Challenges for Grain Value Chain Inclusion
  • Hands-on online: Artisan Sourdough Baking
  • Hands-on online: Artisan Pasta Making
  • Hands-on online: Working with Heirloom Corn
  • Hands-on online: Whole Grain Pizzas, Flatbreads, and Crackers
  • Hands-on online: From Injera to Roti, Chapati, Dosa, and Idlis and Co.


April 7, 2023