Greg Clabaugh, who operates a number of farms in Keymar, distributes malt — a foremost ingredient in beer — from his household’s Amber Fields Malting and Brewing enterprise to a handful of native breweries.
But he’s been trying to broaden.
To provide to extra breweries in Frederick County and all through the state, he would wish a industrial facility for processing malt and brewing grain.
Clabaugh mentioned he had deliberate to assemble such a facility inside about 5 years, however a $125,000 grant the county awarded him will enable the ability to be constructed inside a yr or two.
“It’s going to be a life changer as far as our business goes,” Clabaugh mentioned.
Amber Fields Malting and Brewing is certainly one of 9 Frederick County farming companies that obtained a complete of $500,000 from the most recent spherical of the county’s Agriculture Innovation Grants, County Executive Jan Gardner introduced Thursday.
Over the final 15 years, Amber Fields Malting and Brewing has grown from producing roughly 10 kilos of malt per week to round 2,000 kilos.
“It took a while to learn how to do it right,” Clabaugh mentioned.
The processing facility will enable output to proceed to extend and can assist Clabaugh add two full-time and one part-time place to his enterprise.
The county launched the Agriculture Innovation Grants program in 2020 to assist native farming companies like Clabaugh’s, serving to them diversify their merchandise to stay worthwhile. The county awards grants twice per yr utilizing funds from recordation charges.
Gardner, D, introduced in February that $500,000 of the county’s $50 million allotment from the federal American Rescue Plan Act could be used for this system, greater than doubling the one-time funding obtainable to offer farmers.
Congress handed the $350 billion plan to help state and native governments of their long-term pandemic restoration efforts.
The county has awarded native farm companies greater than $1 million and helped them add 61 full-time jobs and 68 part-time jobs by means of the Agriculture Innovation Grant program, Gardner mentioned throughout a press briefing Thursday.
“Adding to our economy is exactly what we set out to do with this program,” Gardner mentioned. County Council Vice President Michael Blue, R, joined Gardner to announce the recipients.
Applications for the most recent cycle opened in March. The county obtained 65 purposes and awarded grants to 9 companies in quantities of $5,000 or extra.
Spencer Cox, who operates Pasture Living rooster farm in Myersville, was awarded $29,000 to put in a walk-in freezer house for storing unsold rooster, which will be marketed through the offseason or offered to companies trying to buy frozen rooster.
The funding will even pay for a truck mattress cooler for deliveries and can enable Cox so as to add three full-time and three-part time positions to his enterprise.
“It will be extremely helpful,” Cox mentioned of the grant.
This spherical of Agriculture Innovation Grants will assist receiving companies add a complete of 24 full-time and 26 part-time jobs.
The remaining six grant recipients embody:
- Chestnut Hill Farm and Market in Smithsburg
- Glamourview Creamery in Walkersville
- Moon Valley Farm in Woodsboro
- Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm in Middletown
- Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Jefferson
- Good Faith Farm in Middletown Valley
- Stone Pillar Farm in Frederick
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