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Cascadia Grains Farm Walk: South Sound Grain Industry Infrastructure and Market Development

January 17, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Join us on Friday, January 17th for a special Cascadia Grains Farm Walk, a four-stop tour in the South Sound, checking out developing grains production, market, and infrastructure projects first-hand. First, we’ll visit Boistfort Valley producer, Dave Fenn in Curtis, WA. Next, we’ll stop at the new Port of Chehalis grains transload and storage facility infrastructure project site. Then a quick stop at the Tumwater Craft District for a glimpse at the development of a collaborative space focused on craft brewing and distilling. We’ll wrap up at Well 80 Artisan Brewing for a special WSU local brew reveal!


Attending the Farm Walk? 

Arrival and check-in for the Farm Walk will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Well 80 Brewhouse (514 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501) and end around 5 p.m. back at Well 80. Lunch, transportation, and beer tasting token are included. 

Please arrive early to secure  parking available in these lots near by: 

Smart Lot – 304 State Ave NE

Intercity Transit – 222 State Ave NE

228 Olympia Ave NE Parking – 228 Olympia Ave NE



First Stop – Travel to Curtis, WA
Boistfort Valley with Dave Fenn

 Dave is one of four regional farmers growing out the recent OSU release ‘Thunder’ malting barley as part of a project to build a SW WA Barley program with Great Western Malting of Vancouver, WA. Dave has been instrumental in developing a regional growers’ cooperative and is an outspoken advocate for SW WA agriculture. On 270 acres, three generations of the Fenn family have produced vegetables for local processors for 65 years; up to the time that these processors either went bankrupt, or ceased issuing contracts to west side growers. Dave currently produces a variety of grains and seed crops as well as forage crops and beef, and is part of a cooperative of regional producers working hard to develop viable alternatives to the processing crops once grown in the region.

Second Stop – Travel to Port of Chehalis
Rail Spur Transload and Grain Storage Facility Project

The Port of Chehalis and CEO Randy Mueller have been active and essential partners in developing plans and sourcing funding for the development of a segregated grain storage and rail transload facility on Port of Chehalis property. We will roll by the proposed site, and Randy will be on board to offer commentary on the Port’s partnership with regional growers and the project’s progress.

Third Stop
Travel to Tumwater Craft District 
Collaborative Craft Brewing and Distilling Development

The Tumwater Craft District is built around South Puget Sound Community College’s Craft Brewing and Distilling Program. The collaboration between SPSCC, Heritage Distilling Company, and Ninkasi Brewing has allowed for a unique collaboration amongst partners at the District. Heritage Distilling Company’s new production, tasting room, cask club, and event space facility will be housed under the same roof as SPSCC’s new educational facility.

Fourth Stop – Local Brew Reveal at Well 80
Get the First Taste of WSU Local Brew

Well 80 is a new brewery and brewpub built on the site of one of Olympia’s famous Artesian wells. Making great craft beer from some of the best water in the world! The group will end their Farm Walk experience at Well 80 with a special taste of a local WSU collaborative brew. 



WSU Food Systems
Tilth Alliance
Cascadia Grains
Northwest Agriculture Business Center


Well 80 Brewhouse
514 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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