Tilth guest speaker to make rye comments

Laura Valli of Washington State University’s Breadlab program will discuss the qualities and characteristics of rye at an upcoming South Whidbey Tilth meeting.

Valli is the guest speaker at Tilth’s annual membership meeting Sunday, Jan. 22. The public is welcome to this free program at 3 p.m. in the Front Room, upstairs at the Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road, Langley.

Valli has put the small and often under-appreciated grain that is rye in the focus of her research. She was brought up in Estonia on a diet heavy on rye bread. She comes to WSU Breadlab with a BA in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge and more than two years’ experience of managing a small organic coffee roastery and porridge café in her hometown in Estonia. She is working towards her Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Stephen S. Jones.

Following the program is a business meeting to elect new council members and present brief committee reports. Only members in good standing may vote at the meeting. Afterward is a potluck and door prize drawings. Non-members are also welcome to stay for the meeting and participate in the potluck. Attendees who would like to partake need to bring your own plate and utensils. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

The link is on the the website, www.southwhidbeytilth.org/events. For any questions, email membership@southwhidbeytilth.org or leave a message at 360-321-0757.