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Mike Hager of Farm Boy Farms digs out a hops bine (a climbing plant which climbs by its shoots) on his farm in Pittsboro on Feb. 18. Farm Boy Farms was created to provide locally grown American Malting Barley Association recommended barley, wheat, and hops to microbrewers and expert home brewers of North Carolina. Hager was definitive in his distinction between a vine and a bine, with that distinction being that a vine uses tendrils or suckers to aid in its climb, which makes it different from a bine as described above. The stems of many bines are rough or have downward-pointing bristles to aid their grip, therefore allowing it to grow as vigorous as Kudzu when left unattended.
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