See how Greensboro-based arcBARKS is doing a lot more than just making dog biscuits

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- What’s that old phrase? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?

For centuries, once brewers have extracted most of the sugars out of grain, they throw the grain away. That’s why they call it “spent grain.”

But a while back, they figured out it was something they could feed their livestock – not a lot of food value, but some. And then, a lady in Greensboro had another idea: it can lead to a job for her son and people like him. Well, not eating the grain, but what they could do with it.

Brooke Ward works with ARC of Greensboro. ARC works with people who have developmental disabilities.

“We have people that come in that have never had jobs before, ever,” says Brooke Ward, of ARC.

But the mother of one of her clients had an idea. Take some spent grain and do something not terribly complicated – something the ARC clients could master – and see if we can’t turn it into a business. And Brew Barkers were born.

Brew Barkers are simple dog biscuits made from the spent grain of the beer brewing process. It was a natural collaboration for the folks at Natty Greene’s Brewing Company.

“Everything that we do is a reflection of who we are and we want to make sure that we want to line up with partners that feel the same way,” says Natty’s co-founder Kayne Fischer. “And this is a perfect partnership.”

For Brooke and the folks at arcBARKS as the company is called … it’s a chance not just to make a little money but to develop well-rounded adults out of their clients.

“Wake up, put on your shirt, your uniform and come in and interact with each other and interact with the public and feed the dogs and be able to make something and talk about it and sell it - there are a lot of skills that you're getting,” she says.

For dog lover Kayne Fisher … it’s a way to spread his love of good beer.

“Now we can say, 'Dogs can taste the South, too,'” says Kayne.

See how it all works in this edition of the Buckley Report.

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