Took the plunge this week, and agreed to rent land for a hop yard.
Almost 3 acres of land, certified organic.
I work for the land owner parttime repairing equipment for their landscape/nursery company. This keeps me there a bit anyway. I am able to use the company equipment:Skid Loaders, tractors, post hole diggers, tillers and the like. WE also have an organic composting system which will provide me with plenty of nutrients for my hops.
Here is an aerial pic of the land, I put a rectangle around the section I rented.
Hopefully by spring I will have a large number of used telephone poles dropped off for use in a trellis. I have a contact at the local power company.
Have to work out a few things yet.... I dont have water close by, so I will have to use a large water tank to water my hops. I also want to put up a cold frame to start the rhizomes in before planting in the ground.
I have a number of sources lined up for rhizomes, including the nursery where I work. I can buy from them at cost, but selection is limited.
Anyways, I will be posting pics as I go. I also plan on having a "Hop Yard Fall Party" at the end of each season.