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SeedSpark Project
 Partners

Farmers, Distillers, Brewers, & Members of Pennsylvania's
Grain Supply Chain

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Penn State Agricultural Extention

Greg Roth and the Penn State Ag Extension halped the SeedSpark Project get started in 2015 with only 5 ounces of seed. Mark Antle joined him to work on the project in 2017. 

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Dancing Star Farms

Robert McDonald, owner of Dancing Star Farms, LLC has been growing Keystone Rosen rye since 2019.

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Stoll & Wolfe Distillery

Owner, Erik Wolfe, and his partner, the late Dick Stoll, were the first to distill Rosen rye into whiskey in over 50 years. The first distillate was produced on Satuday, Sept. 7, 2019.

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Kline Family Farm

The Kline family, relatives of Erik Wolfe, have been growing Keystone Rosen rye since 2020. They now supply grain to Stoll & Wolfe Distillery.

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Liberty Pole Spirits

Liberty Pole Spirits has been distilling Keystone Rosen rye whiskey since October 2020. The Hough family uses rye, wheat, & barley in their rye whiskey recipe.

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Altered State Distillery

Gavin Maus & Aaron Hetz have been distilling Keystone Rosen rye since 2022. Located in a unique microclimate, they hope to provide insight into terroir.

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Faytak Farms

Ryan Faytak has partnered with Altered State Distillery to grow Keystone Rosen rye for their use in the far NW corner of the state- Erie County.

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Mason Dixon Distillery

Mason Dixon Distillery has been distiling Keystone Rosen rye since 2022. They are growing their Keystone Rosen rye on fields within Gettyburg's National War Memorial. 

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Quantum Spirits

Ryan Kanto of Quantum Spirits distilled Keystine Rosen rye into whiskey in 2020. The distillery is designed to produce modern spirits through applied technology.

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Thompson Neely
Grist Mill

100% of the Keystone Rosen rye grown at Penn State Ag Ext. in 2020 was ground at the historic Thompson Neely Grist Mill in 2020. It was made into rye whiskey by Stoll & Wolfe. 

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Delaware Valley University

The SeedSpark Project donated 50 pounds of Keystone Rosen rye to Delaware Valley University in 2019 to bolster their efforts to grow Rosen in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The grain was moved from the university to a working farm in 2020.    

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Olde Bedford
Brewing Company

David Heller, owner of Olde Bedford Brewing Company, brewed Keystone Rosen rye into a German Kolsch-style beer in 2020. The quality of the grain gorwn in PA is now making beer and bread projects possible, too! 

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Thompson-Neely
Grist Mill

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Mount Vernon Grist Mill and Distillery

In 2021 and 2022, Steve Bashore milled over 3000 pounds of Keystone Rosen rye, Orange Creole & Bloody Butcher heirloom corns, and Bere barley to make into 100% heritage grain rye whiskey.

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Double Eagle
Malt House

Alan Gladish and Double Eagle Malt House helped to clean all the Keystone Rosen rye grain grown at Delware Valley University in 2020.  

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Far North Distillery
and Farm

Mike Swanson of Far North Spirits grew Keystone Rosen rye in the Red River Valley of Minnesota for the first time in decades. He will add Rosen to the list of rye varitals in his flavor analysis trials. 

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CNC Malt House

Brendan Carroll, owner of CNC Malt House has malting Keystone Rosen rye whiskey since 2021. He completed an 8,000 batch this spring for Altered State Distillery and will be handling much more next year.

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Iron City Distillery

Coming in 2023, a new distillery built on historic foundations. Iron City will be growing 250 acres of Keystone Rosen rye to harvest in summer 2023. Distiller Matt Strickland will be making only heritage grain whiskeys.

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Gettysburg Battlefield

Joshua Ramsburg is working a six acre plot of land on scared ground in Gettysburg. He began growing Keystone Rosen rye for Mason Dixon Distillery in 2021.  

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New Farmers Each Year

In 2022-2023, we are including several new partners: R-K Creekside Farms, Chestnut Ridge Farm/Timber Service LLC, Wright Farming Inc., Royer Mountain Farm & Martch (Organic) Farm.