Drilling Holes For Hop Trellis Poles

Drilling Holes For Hop Trellis Poles

Planning out a full acre hop yard requires several steps before putting a single rhizome or even a single pole in the ground. Our hope was that we could install the entire hop trellis system…poles and hardware…before we planted the newly cut rhizomes. This...
Hop Yard Rock Removal

Hop Yard Rock Removal

The life of a hop farmer isn’t always a glamorous rock star job. More often than not, it is rough and tough gig that most people think we are crazy for doing. Rock removal is a perfect example. All of our fields have rocks the size of a coconut up to the size of...
New Hop Farm Growth in Spring 2015

New Hop Farm Growth in Spring 2015

This spring has been a warm one. But that’s a good thing for our friends under the soil. We first started seeing growth on our hop rhizomes around the 9th of March this year. In two to three weeks we were making our first new growth cuts and very quickly we...
Year 2 – Hop Yard Planning

Year 2 – Hop Yard Planning

After a bit of planning the past two months on our hop farm in Central Oregon, our projected 2015 growth looks like: – An increase from 1,700 sq ft to over 31,000 sq ft – An increase in hop plants (rhizomes in the ground) from 50 to over 600 – An...
Year 1 – Hop Harvest!

Year 1 – Hop Harvest!

This last Sunday (8/31) was our first hop harvest. Looking back, it was extremely successful and couldn’t have proceeded in a more organized manner. There were a few elements that contributed to it running smoothly. We had plenty of friends come out and help us...
Hop Yard Construction – July Update 01

Hop Yard Construction – July Update 01

It may have been hot as hell out here in the open fields of Smith Rock Hop Farm, 98 degrees in fact, but we know we have to get a jump on the planning and prepping of year two. We spent two days walking the field, measuring the new rows, planting stakes in the ground,...
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...
Hop Growth – Update 1

Hop Growth – Update 1

I was interviewed briefly on the phone last month about growing hops in Central Oregon by Branden Andersen and just found the article in on the the Bulletin’s under the title ‘Central Oregon farmers seek to grow for beer‘. And, this last ¬†week, I...