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  • Molly Campbell

Brewing Goodness Locally: Using Spent Grains for Sustainable Farming

In the heart of San Diego's vibrant brewery scene, a hidden gem of sustainability is brewing: utilizing spent grains as animal feed. When breweries make beer, they extract sugars from grains to achieve that perfect flavor. These grains, the byproduct of the natural brewing process, hold the potential to revolutionize the way we feed our animals, while contributing to a more circular and eco-friendly local agricultural system.


But the use of local spent grains in animal feed isn't just about sustainable resource management. Spent grains are packed with nutrients, proteins, fibers, and carbohydrates, that can provide a wholesome and balanced diet for livestock. The grains offer essential nutrients that promote healthy growth and overall well-being. As a source of dietary fiber, they also aid in digestion and contribute to gut health, which is crucial for animals to absorb nutrients efficiently.


Breweries can reduce waste and disposal costs, while farmers gain access to a cost-effective and nutritious feed option. It's a beautiful cycle where one industry's byproduct becomes another's valuable resource. Additionally, the incorporation of spent grains in animal diets can potentially reduce the demand for traditional animal feed ingredients, which often come with their own environmental footprint.


As San Diegans, we know that supporting our local businesses and caring for our environment go hand in hand. Using spent grains for animal feed showcases how our city's diverse industries can join forces for a cleaner and greener future. When spent grains go from breweries to animals and back to the land, it's a reminder that every small step we take can lead to a more vibrant and sustainable San Diego.


At Campbell Ranch Farms, we've taken this practice to heart by partnering with two local breweries, Carlsbad Brewing Company and Lamppost Pizza in Vista. By embracing this sustainable farming process, we aim to not only nourish our animals but also contribute to the overall well-being of our community and environment.

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