Our Mission: For Rivers
Malting grains produced in the American West are typically grown under irrigation. It's a great way to grow quality malting grains in areas with low or unreliable rainfall, but tends to rack up a hefty water footprint for finished goods. Via our one-of-a-kind grain sourcing framework, we deliver malt that helps to minimize this water footprint.
For starters, 100% of our grains are being grown on Salmon-Safe Certified farms. Salmon-Safe ensures that our growers’ agricultural practices are compatible with the restoration and maintenance of our region’s aquatic ecosystems.
Beyond Salmon-Safe, our initial focus is on 100% dry-farmed grains. While we believe that irrigation has an important place in agriculture, we also believe that its water use footprint should not be taken lightly. Paralleling the dry-farmed wine tradition, we aim to demonstrate that non-irrigated grains can lend a unique dimension to the craft malting industry.
Going forward, we will pilot a market-based framework for motivating senior water right holders out of crops that require summer-long irrigation: "Sprouting Streamflows." With these growers, a reduction in summer water use will result in a temporary, protectable instream flow water right for the benefit of threatened and endangered salmonids. Our hope is that Sprouting Streamflows will offer a replicable model for malt-driven river restoration throughout the West.