Quinoa Introduction in the River Valley

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $5,169.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:


  • Agronomic: general grain crops


  • Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research, technical assistance
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Quinoa is a sister crop to potatoes that grows in high altitudes and is being grown in the intermountain West. The farmer will explore whether certain strains of quinoa, which sells for between 40 and 80 cents a pound, can be used as a rotation crop in Maine, offering an option to other farmers. The farmer will measure yield, farm gate price, the risk of pests and disease, and the depth of the market. Outreach will be in partnership with the River Valley Growth Council, one of the project collaborators.

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