Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.27
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nanna Meyer
Associate Professor Health Sciences and Sport Nutrition
Health Sciences
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
UCCS Grain School

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Started in 2016, Grain School trains and empowers people to grow, mill, bake, brew, and steward heritage grains in their communities. The innovative curriculum covers a range of topics including the history of land-race grains, crop breeding, nutritional and health issues with gluten and glyphosate, baking and fermentation, small craft brewing and small-scale production techniques. Graduates from this program will help lead the way in a revival of localized grain economies across the Rocky Mountain West. Grain School will be held next year again in January on the UCCS campus. Students, farmers, and attendees are encouraged to help us find, test, trial and increase the seeds for ancient and heritage grains adapted to our specific growing conditions in the Mountain West as part of the Heritage Grain Trials program.
The goal is to recreate a grain-shed in this region and to potentially bring back local mills. Grain School has now taken place at the UCCS Farmhouse for 3 years.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Food & Dining

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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