THE NAME PURE LOCAL
for an agriculture that respects
the soil and the planet,
and a malt of exceptional quality
for the commitment of our
7 local partner farmers to grow
100% Belgian barley
THE PURE LOCAL APPROACH
Healthy soils for healthy barley
At Belgomalt, we care for our soils. We realize it’s not an endless source of nutrients and we highly respect its value. A healthy soil is the basis for growing healthy barley.
A healthy soil filled with carbon and micro organisms
A covered and non-covered land
An environment-friendly regenerative agriculture
Throughout the years, traditional agricultural techniques proved their purpose, but more than ever we realize they make our soils very vulnerable. Today, agriculture contributes to a large proportion of worldwide CO2 emissions, this doesn’t have to be the case. Regenerative agriculture can lead to crops extracting more carbon from the air, strengthening the vitality of the soil and reducing CO2 emission.
More natural nutrients and less added fertilizer
Organisms in uncultivated soils emit a continuous amount of CO2. Instead of laying the fields fallow, we can sow it with ground-covering crops. These crops extract CO2 from the air and store it in the earth as nutrition. Moreover, the soil will be protected by a natural cover and it will be easier for rootlets to find their way to deeper layers of the soil to find water and nutrients, therefore use of fertilizers will become less crucial.
Perwez, Belgium: Sheep eating the cover crops a few days before sowing the barley
THE ORIGIN OF THE PURE LOCAL BARLEY
7 committed Belgian farmers
In the Gembloux region, together with an agricultural cooperative, we worked with seven Belgian farmers who took the first steps using cover cropping techniques. They sowed brewing barley and harvested it in the summer of 2019. The results of this harvest were very positive and we decided to malt it immediately. This encourages both the farmers and Belgomalt to further dive into these techniques.
Perwez, Belgium: June 2019 crop check
A local and traceable product
We’re very proud to have malted 300 tons of Belgian barley into Belgomalt Pure Local. We offer this Pilsen malt to local brewers who believe in the strength of a short supply chain and in caring for our Belgian soils.