Finally…Trellis Poles Arrive!

Finally…Trellis Poles Arrive!

You would think that finding large pieces of wood to use as hop yard trellis poles in one of the top lumber states in the country would be easy. But it was a bit tougher than expected. We were finally able to obtain ten pieces of Tamarack wood from a lumber seller off...
Final Greenhouse Construction

Final Greenhouse Construction

After making a quick stop by Home Depot to pick up some 2x4s and metal brackets, we arrived at the farm around 10:30. I quickly measured out where the remaining roof supports would go and drafted the measurements in SketchUp. If I measured, drafted, marked, and cut...
Hop Trial Greenhouse

Hop Trial Greenhouse

We’re using the word ‘trial’ because I’m not entirely sure that some of these hop varietals will grow in Central Oregon. I have been told recently that it’s a good idea to acclimate hop rhizomes that come from other parts of the country....
Hop Yard Equipment

Hop Yard Equipment

This one isn’t as bad as you think because the University of Vermont has a couple of solid YouTube vids that really spell it out. You DO need to decide the overall height of your trellis system and that dictates all of your equipment to build the system from that...
Hop Yard Site Preparation

Hop Yard Site Preparation

I’m wondering exactly what goes into preparing the ground in other Pacific Northwest regions like Willamette Valley and Yakima Valley. Willamette is probably a lot of weed removal and pre-emergence spraying because of the continually wet conditions. Yakima might just...
Hop Farm – Day 1 – Research

Hop Farm – Day 1 – Research

Yesterday was day 1 of a new venture that I am excited to be a part of. At the start of the new year, I was asked to join two land owners north of Redmond in planning a hop farm. ‘Hops’ as in ‘Beer’. ‘Beer’ as in ‘Awesome’. This began as a casual conversation about...