When Eli Rogosa worked with traditional farmers in the Fertile Crescent, she discovered a treasure of robust heritage wheat growing in the stifling heat and drought without chemical intervention, but realized that landrace wheats are on the verge of extinction, not only in the Fertile Crescent but Europe as well. Rogosa established the Heritage Grain Conservancy to preserve rare landrace wheats to ensure that future generations have access to the biodiversity that is disappearing around the world in the face of industrial agriculture. Eli was funded by the European Union to work with gene banks and traditional farmers in Europe, and today shares her decades of experience restoring heritage wheat and baking with einkorn. In addition to her work in biodiversity preservation, Rogosa manages an artisan einkorn bakery on her farm in Massachusetts. Einkorn, an ancient wheat, has a unique ’diploid’ gluten that can be safely enjoyed by many people with allergies to modern wheat. She farms with her husband, Cr Lawn, and has two children, Noah and Ezra.
“Restoring Heritage Grains” Eli Rogosa