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Saw Works Brewery and Century Harvest Farm create partnership to promote sustainability

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Fair | Farm | Knoxville | Local

Knoxville, TN – Saw Works Brewing Company and Century Harvest Farms are pleased to announce a partnership in an effort towards promoting sustainability in East Tennessee. The unique synergy creates a circular flow of materials that utilizes biomass recycling to help produce East Tennessee grass-fed beef.

Saw Works Brewing Company, Knoxville’s only production microbrewery, goes through roughly 1,000 pounds of grain during one brew. What once would have been waste going into area landfills now goes to Century Harvest Farms, a 200 acre establishment in Greenback, TN. Spent grains from the brewery are mixed with hay and then fed to lactating cows when it’s too hot for grazing on pasture.

After the cows go back out to pasture, manure is mixed with the extra spent grain for compost, where aerobic bacteria process the mixture into nutrient-rich humus. The compost is spread in the pastures, providing lush, healthy grass for cattle. In turn, the cattle develop into livestock prized for its low-fat/iron-rich meat.

Once processed, the grass-fed beef is delivered back to Saw Works where it is ready for pick-up. As an added bonus, customers receive commemorative growlers entitling them to $5 growler fills at the brewery, as well as cooler totes to safely transport their meat.

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