Thanks so much for all the replies! Sorry I’m late with a second post. My friend decided on 40 rhizomes as a sort of test bed in one of the back fields of his farm. His selection goes as follows:
5 Mt Hood
We’re still working on the details of the framework for the mini hop field, but thanks so much for the suggestions on varieties and links to info on hop farming.
Like I said in my prior post, a friend runs a marine construction company so what would be the most costly part of this project (the framework/posts/lines etc) is going to be free. It’s just the couple hundred dollar cost of rhizomes and miscellaneous other costs (and of course all the manual labor work!). We’re thinking of incorporating some boat trailer winches/galvanized blocks so that we can lower 5 to 10 plants or separate varieties at a time to harvest by hand this first year, and then winch them back up. I noticed from my own first year plants that the hops don’t always come ripe at the same time in the beginning stages of life.
We also have a hookup for free truckloads of compost that will come into play when we plant the rhizomes. There’s a guy in the area that has some compost piles so big, he turns them with a bulldozer ha…
Again, thanks for all the info and I’ll keep you guys informed on how the experiment progresses.
eta: some of the other links we are looking at just for the hell of it here-
- hop farmers in Maine
- Also nice article about SN maybe putting their east coast brewery in NC.
quite a bit of info here, not pertaining to us per say…
http://mysare.sare.org/mySARE/ProjectRe ... y=2010&t=0