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Old 06-11-2013, 05:58 PM   #61
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Looks great! I imagine you've got the replacement plants in holes by now? Hows the well coming?

Sounds like the drought was the major problem last year. Did you notice any disease or bug problems? Did the stink bugs cause problems? How about the deer or other animal pests?

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:28 PM   #62
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Checked out your fb page, looks cool. My family owns a farm and we planted a few rhizomes last year. Now we have 100 cascades planted and would like to continue to expand and actually sell them. How did you or you plan on getting started selling them. Just asking local breweries? Just seems like a hard thing to plan for knowing you really wont get a full yield for 3 years. Would they set something up with you that far in advance. Just curious if you have any advise since we would like to plant 500-1000 more next year if we would have a market. We have old telephone poles and it is so exciting to see our original plants up to the top of 18ft and then some this year!

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Old 06-12-2013, 04:00 AM   #63
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Methinks OSHA would want to see this picture!

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Looking good. Envious.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:38 AM   #64
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Looks great! I imagine you've got the replacement plants in holes by now? Hows the well coming?

Sounds like the drought was the major problem last year. Did you notice any disease or bug problems? Did the stink bugs cause problems? How about the deer or other animal pests?
Drought def took its tol on everythig. Not to mention the majority of our planting happen on july 4th. Not june, not may, not april but july. So im kinda happy with what came up bc of how late we were. Since last year we have done way more research and everythin is coming along alot better. The well is a big disappointment. The drillers that have all the permits. Their driller broke now 3 weeks ago and had to have it shipped down to NC to get fixed. But on a good note possibly might have come across grant money to now pay for the well and all new drip irrigation. Since we already have most of the componets we will be focusing on the automated watering. To make life even that much easier. With drought we didnt really have much chance for mildews or anything like that and havent seen any this year. Also havent het seen aphids or other such creatures to fight with. Weve been kinda lucky in that aspect. Deer and other animals have yet to be a peoblem as well. Hopefully more pictures coming soon to here and the fb page.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:46 AM   #65
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Checked out your fb page, looks cool. My family owns a farm and we planted a few rhizomes last year. Now we have 100 cascades planted and would like to continue to expand and actually sell them. How did you or you plan on getting started selling them. Just asking local breweries? Just seems like a hard thing to plan for knowing you really wont get a full yield for 3 years. Would they set something up with you that far in advance. Just curious if you have any advise since we would like to plant 500-1000 more next year if we would have a market. We have old telephone poles and it is so exciting to see our original plants up to the top of 18ft and then some this year!
Selling....... Well have talked to a few local breweries. Some large (flying dog). And some smaller (brewpubs and such). Most are on board for buying them. Quality is the big thing. If u dont plan on having that u wont be able to sell them

Advise for 500-1000 plants..... No matter how much u may think ur ready ur prob not. But all u can do is try ur best. Wont know unless u try. More updates to come
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:47 AM   #66
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Selling.... Quality is the big thing. If u dont plan on having that u wont be able to sell them
Amen to that. "Local" will get your foot in the door but if you hand them a pile of crap in ziploc bags, you just ruined it for yourself and the next three people walking through the door.

You first year, you'll have so little that you are best giving it away. If you can, get it pelletized or at least in what ever form you plan to sell. Make sure they are properly vacuum packed with a gas flush in a UV proof bag. Get them tested so you can show at least alpha and oil levels. Then try to get a few ounces in their hand so they can open, rub them, sniff them and then look at the lab results. Expect to do the same the next year, too. By year three, you may have a few customers ready to buy and you'll have the supplies ready to go.
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Would they set something up with you that far in advance. Just curious if you have any advise since we would like to plant 500-1000 more next year if we would have a market. We have old telephone poles and it is so exciting to see our original plants up to the top of 18ft and then some this year!
1000 plants is almost an acre. Our growers put three different varieties on their first acre so the harvest will be staggered. If you are trying to pick a full acre by hand, you'll never get it done in time.
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Well update on grants. We r about 2 weeks out from knowing if our entire irrigation will be paid for by the government or not. Fingers crossed that it will work out. Other than. Pictures coming this weekend.
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A few pics from our pilot farm. Looking like its going to b a good harvest off these plants.

Sorry no real updates from the big farm at this point. Just been busy keeping up w everything. Got a tri-axle load of compost mix soil


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