central oregon hop growersWe have received quite a few inquiries over the past year regarding starting a hop farm. This is mainly because we have made it very well known in the craft beer circles of Central Oregon that we started a hop farm and are willing to share our knowledge and experience, similar to how Tumalo Hops and the University of Vermont helped us get started.

So we created a group on Facebook called the “Central Oregon Hop Growers” and invited everyone we had made contact with and we knew were on Facebook. Then we sent out an email that covered even more interested parties. The recipients fell into one of several categories: existing private hop farmers, interested property owners, brewery owners with a hand in hop research (read: Roger Worthington of Worthy Brewing), and horticulturalists for local breweries. Most parties fell into the first two categories.

We spent some time crafting a short mission statement:

Our mission is to share the knowledge and experience of hop breeding, growing, harvesting, and selling throughout Central Oregon with professional and amateur farmers alike.

And a list of goals for the group over time:

Share knowledge gained from experience in:

  • Trellis Design/Construction
  • Supplies & Rhizome Sourcing
  • Planting
  • Watering & Fertilizing
  • Harvesting
  • Drying & Pelletizing
  • Storage
  • Sales

Share resources such as:

  • Pelletizers
  • Drying Racks
  • Harvesting Equipment
  • Drilling Equipment
  • Packaging Equipment
  • Alpha & Beta Acid Analysis

Build Relationships with:

  • Brewers
  • Brewery owners
  • Buyers
  • Home Brew Shops
  • Homebrewers

Develop marketing tools in order to:

  • Sell in bulk
  • Build local awareness
  • Educate the public (aroma, bitterness, breeding)
  • Promote backyard hop growing

If you or someone you know is interested in either becoming a hop farmer or allowing hops to be grown on property, please shoot us an email or give us a call: 559.860.9998