Among all crops grown in Arizona, small grains have relatively low water applications. Barley is planted in February in the Verde Valley - often using winter rains to germinate. As little as 3-acre feet of water is needed to produce a crop with the last water applied in late May - allowing water to stay in the river when it is most needed by fish and wildlife.
Chefs and Craft Brewers interested in sustainability are looking for local ingredients for their products. It helps sustain local farmers and provides the freshest in food and beverages for their patrons. Sinagua Malt pairs up with local brewers in Arizona that share thier interest in conservation of rivers.
Friends of Verde River Greenway and its partners are teaming up with Arizona winemakers, residents, and businesses to establish the Verde River Exchange. The Exchange connects residents and businesses in the Verde Valley willing to temporarily reduce their water use with others seeking to offset the impacts of their groundwater pumping.