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 Construction Theory – Part 2

Hop Yard Construction Theory – Part 2

Once we have all 10 poles secured 36ft apart east to west and 10ft apart north to south, we will start running 5/16″ galvanized aircraft cable. This cable has a 9,800 pound breaking strength and is necessary to support the full weight of the vegetation at its...
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 2 – More Hop Research

Hop Farm – Day 2 – More Hop Research

Over the next month I began to perform hop research regarding farms around the country. I didn’t pay much attention to European regions such as Germany and Czech Republic because of the how long they have been in existence and their current average farm size....
Hop Yard Construction Theory – Part 1

Hop Yard Construction Theory – Part 1

You will see a lot more of this topic in the near future as we start building the two row trellis system, but I need to get all of the info that is in my head and in my notes typed out as a kind of blog post. As mentioned earlier, we are shooting for a full size...
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...