Field Day 2024

July 13, 2024

Join us at The Grain Place on July 13th for our annual Foundation Field Day, including a tour, lunch, and presentations.

We are excited to welcome you to the farm for our annual Grain Place Foundation Field Day  on Saturday, July 13th. Field Day gives guests an opportunity to tour the farm and grain processing plant in the morning, join us for an afternoon program with keynote speakers, plus a lunch of organic food on the farm. We are pleased to welcome Amber Sciligo, Ph.D. Director of Science Programs, as our 2024 keynote presenter.

The morning tours of Grain Place Farm and Grain Place Foods (our on-farm grain processing facility) and the afternoon presentations are free; there is a fee for the Farm Lunch. Tickets are be available below in advance of Field Day.

We will have registration from 8-9am with the first tour beginning at 8:30

Reserve Tickets for the Farm Tour


The Grain Place Foundation is happy to welcome students with a complimentary meal ticket.


Amber Sciligo , Ph.D.

Dr. Amber Sciligo is the director of science programs at The Organic Center where she directs projects associated with communicating and conducting research related to organic agriculture. During her tenure at The Organic Center, Dr. Sciligo has worked closely with researchers, industry, farmers, and policymakers to identify organic research needs, and she has collaborated on a diverse range of research programs with her most recent collaborations including projects aimed at:

- Mitigating climate change

- Increasing the accessibility of equitable agricultural technology aimed at supporting the organic supply chain

- Reducing incongruities in National Organic Program standards and third party food safety requirements

- Tackling challenges associated with inadvertent pesticide contamination across the organic supply chain

- Incorporating livestock into vegetable cropping systems

Dr. Sciligo heads The Organic Center’s grant writing program and FFAR funding partnership which offers organic research funding and prizes for outstanding organic extension efforts. She also leads the center’s signature conference event, Organic Confluences, which brings together policy makers, researchers, farmers, industry members, and other non-profits to address and overcome challenges faced by the organic sector. Dr. Sciligo brings the organic voice to communities at international, national, and local levels by serving on boards and advisory committees for ISOFAR, FFAR and the Organic Association of Kentucky, the state in which she resides.

Dr. Sciligo received her PhD at Lincoln University, New Zealand in ecology and evolution with a specialty in plant/insect interactions, specifically pollination services to plants. Her extensive postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley included several interdisciplinary projects related to the impacts of farm diversification within the organic system on a range of ecosystem services from biodiversity, pollination, natural pest control, soil health, and climate change mitigation, as well as the livelihoods of farmers. The main goals of her work have been to inform research and policies to include the needs of agroecological farmers so that their businesses can thrive, while preserving the land for future farming.


Dr. Mary Young

Dr. Mary Young is a pianist, singer, and conductor from Rochester, NY. She holds a BA in Piano Performance, an MA in Choral Conducting, and a DMA in choral conducting. She has conducted high school, collegiate, community, church, and children’s choirs.

Her primary field of research is Native American music and she enjoys working closely with Native composers and languages. She has served as Research Fellow for the Institute for Composer Diversity, and Diversity-In-Action intern for the New York Choral
When Mary is not studying, teaching or performing, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.


Farm to Table Lunch by Chef Anthony Warrior

“My name is Ma-te-yi-ma-pe-to, I am an active member of the Little Axe Little River Ceremonial ground of the Shawnee. I have been in the Food and Beverage industry for 25 years and am a self-taught chef. During my tenure I have traveled to 48 of the 50 United States, China and the Philippines, focusing my efforts towards educating/motivating the youth and community leaders to embrace culture and tradition.”

During his career, Anthony L Warrior has worked for 15 Tribal nations in healthcare, a residential home for children, and Casino/Resorts. In his teenage years he traveled and spoke on behalf of the United National Indian Tribal Youth program.

His experiences working for tribal nations have included studying and acquiring local traditional recipes, stories, and historical methods in food preparation and preservation. His approach to cultural nutrition is interconnected with feeding the mental, spiritual, and holistic balance necessary to differentiate the total health needs of each individual tribal group. His lifelong quest for education fuels the passion for learning and preparing traditional sustenance that stimulates cultural retention and community healing.

Become A Sponsor

We are currently seeking additional Sponsors for Field Day 2024. Your donations support not only the Field Day event, but enable the ongoing work of the Grain Place Foundation.

Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP)

Field Day is supported through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). TOPP is a program of the USDA Organic Transition Initiative and is administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP)
Transition to Organic Partnership Program