Don Guerra is committed to working with local farmers, chefs, and other food producers to strengthen the local grain economy and grow the local food network. In 2015, 2018 and 2021 he was awarded USDA Local Food Promotion Grants that significantly helped him to increase collaboration with others and expand production with a new bakery and flour company, Barrio Grains. He has taught a variety of baking classes and presented at conferences and workshops, highlighting his business model and work with heritage grains. Don has consulted in Mexico, Taiwan, Europe and throughout the United States.

In 2019 and 2020 Don was selected as a James Beard semifinalist and is this year’s winner of the 2022 James Beard Outstanding Baker Award.