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Old 01-07-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any recommendations as to which books to read or any classes to attend to gain information regarding starting a small hop farm? Maybe around an acre or so? I have read the book homegrown hops and believe it is a great starting point, anyone have any other experience?

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:05 AM   #2
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Lots of stuff out there for you. Since I have a commercial interest in this, I'll share other's first.

I hear Glen Fuller puts on a great show...Last years' was mid-july. Look up "Hopfarmer" on this forum to find him.

NEHA http://nehopalliance.org/ has workshops evey so often in the New York/New England area.

UVM is hosting their 2013 Winter Hops Conference in late February. http://www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/hops

And then there are our conferences. (I'm at Gorst Valley). You would have to come to scenic Wisconsin in mid February. I promise a mind bending weekend with more information than you can ever hope to grasp. http://www.gorstvalleyhops.com/workshops.php

For books, there isn't a lot out there that has been written recently for commercial farming much less small scale. Hops Production by Rybacek (1991) is one I really like.

There was also something online from a small farm up in Vancouver. I can't find it at the moment.

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Thanks Dan! Tons of info here, much appreciated. I've always wanted to head to Wisconsin

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Here's the one from Vancouver: http://www.crannogales.com/HopsManual.pdf

I haven't reviewed it in quite awhile, so I can't comment on it.

Come on up. We are supposed to hit 39F today. It would be awesome except it means snow melt everywhere and kids trying to wear shorts outside because "...its so warm."

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Haha. That kid used to be me. It's going to be tough dealing with this 70 degree weather here today, not sure what to do with myself...

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