SALISBURY, N.C. — A small farm in western Rowan County has found a new way to make money and promote local agriculture. Farmers Alan "Buddy" Hoffner and son, Chris, are growing barley for Asheville-based startup Riverbend Malt House.
There, it will be processed into malt, sold to local brewers and made into beer. Buddy won't get to sample the end product, though. He doesn't drink. "It's ironic that somebody wants me to grow barley for malt," Buddy said. "But I don't mind." ...
"We're open-minded," Chris said. "In this economy, you've got to find a way to do things differently."
Riverbend contacted them last summer asking if they could buy their organic barley. ...Read the full article
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