Nice job John!
MHGA president John Brach was recently interviewed by WCCO 4 News at 5 for a story about local hop growing. See the interview here:
Nice job John!
Now that harvest it just about over for most, there is a slew of get-togethers planned. These are free, members-only events.
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Hop yard tour, custom-built harvester demo, and social gathering at John Brach's Stone Hill Farm in Stillwater.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Organic hop growing meet-up at Grant Goltz's Squeedunk in Hackensack.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - (tentative) Social gathering...details are forthcoming.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - (tentative) Fall workshop on food safety...details are forthcoming.
These events are for members and details can be found in the forums (and forum emails).
Effective today, the MHGA has changed it's membership options to more closely reflect the make-up of our members. Instead of a single membership type, the MHGA now provides the following three with varying rights and dues:
You can become a member or renew an existing membership here.
If you have questions, you can reach us through our Contact page. Alternatively, members can submit questions via the Member Forums.
On Saturday September 13, 2014, Grow More Hops LLC will be presenting an all-day seminar for new hops growers and people interested in growing hops. The seminar will present a wide variety of topics helpful to beginning growers from hop history to hop horticulture to running a hops business. See the Grow More Hops website to learn more about the seminar and to register.
The seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Vadnais Heights.
Summer is here and hops are growing! Time to take a break from weeding and scouting to hit up our 2014 Summer Hop Growers Workshop on Saturday, June 28th. This is a members-only event being hosted by member farm Hilltop Hops in Shakopee. We will have presentations on Hop Nutrition by Lee Jennings from Grow More Hops LLC and on Marketing Your Hops by Member Ben Boo from Mighty Axe Hops with social time and a beer exchange afterwards.
More details along with an RSVP form will be emailed to members.
A workshop on calibrating and using sprayers for hop crops will be given by UW-Madison Integrated Pest Management specialist Dan Hieder. The workshop will be held Friday, May 30, 2014 at MHGA member Luke Albers farm in Arkansaw, WI.
See the following website for more info:
Member grower Mighty Axe Hops has once again been featured in an area newspaper. This time it is the Rochester Post-Bulletin. The article highlights their small-scale, organic nature and their plans for future growth. You can read the article on the Post-Bulletin website.
The Growler, a regional publication for craft beer enthusiasts, recently published an article about the MHGA. Adam Overland authored the article in which he intereviewed several MHGA members having differing perspectives on growing hops in our state. It's well written and provides a good synapse of the current state of commercial hop farming in Minnesota. You can read it on the Growler's website.
Just a reminder that our 1st Annual All-Member meeting is 10 AM on Saturday at at Day Block Brewery in Minneapolis. RSVP now to help ensure we have everyone accommodated for.
Dr. Charlie Rohwer from the University of Minnesota has released a 2013 season update for his ongoing hop research. You can view the update at the following link. The update is listed as "2013 Update" in the right-side column. Also check out the MN hop pesticide list on the same page.