Hop Farm Drilling

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 would alleviate the extra caution and concern we experienced last year […]

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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 a […]

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Smith Rock Hop Farm - 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 increase in varieties in […]

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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 take notes, pick the hop flowers off of the bines, […]

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Central Oregon Hop Farm - Year 1 Growth

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 joined Tom Gilles from the Platypus Pub / Brewshop for a short […]

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