4 Pines have funded an on-ground agriculture project with Landcare Australia to give back to Ryefield Hops in the NSW South Coast town of Bemboka.

As part of the brewery’s 1% for the Planet membership – which involves a commitment to donate 1 per cent of sales to environmental causes – 4 Pines employees, along with representatives from Landcare and Ryefield, came together recently to plant 1,000 native plants at the hop farm to enhance sustainable agriculture outcomes in the brewer’s supply chain. Another 2,000 native plants will be planted mid-2022.

With Ryefield’s irrigation coming from an on-site creek, placing the new plants, including 20 species indigenous to the local area, along its banks will help retain soil moisture and prevent further erosion. It will also improve water quality and the overall storage of water to ensure the hop bines have a sufficient water supply, especially during drier conditions.

“We want to leave the world better than we found it, and what better way to do that than within our own supply chain, with Ryefield Hops,” 4 Pines chief brewer Chris Willcock said. “Malt and hops are integral to the beer we brew: one bad season can be detrimental to growing conditions which can have a knock-on effect on our end.

“By supporting our growers through Landcare Australia, we will be helping to ensure that our key supply partners’ livelihood is secure, their soil is healthy and that our beer will continue to taste great.”

James Link, head of Landcare Australia partnerships said: “We are delighted to be partnering with 4 Pines to design and deliver this sustainable agriculture project. Their commitment to the environment through 1% for the Planet and as a certified B Corp, coupled with Landcare Australia’s experience working with brands to enhance sustainability outcomes in supply chains makes this a very strong collaboration.

Todd Atkinson, 4 Pines CCO, added: “As a community-minded brewery, collaborating with Landcare Australia was a no brainer. We are looking forward to seeing what long term impact this project has on wider communities, our suppliers and the environment. And thanks to everyone who has enjoyed a 4 Pines Pacific Ale, Pale Ale and Extra Refreshing Ale. It is phenomenal seeing the positive impact our three 1% for the Planet beers can create. 1 per cent adds up.”

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