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 beverage industry.
Plus, for irrigated growers, we endeavor to work with farms that are either certified Organic, a member of our Sprouting Streamflows program, or both. You already know a lot about Organic, but…
We teamed up with the Washington Water Trust to pilot our 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. Stay tuned for new developments in 2019-2020. In the meantime, check out this happening analog over in Arizona: sinaguamalt.com