Wisconsin Hopyard Event Scheduled for June 22, 2013
On Saturday, June 22, SARE grantee Matt Sweeny, of Simple Earth Hops, will be hosting a 2013 Hop Growers Roundtable at Simple Earth Hops, 4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
This commercial hopyard event will feature:
- 9am-Noon, two hops presentations by Matt Sweeny titled: "Marketing Hops" and "Sustainable Hopyard Establishment"
- Noon-1pm, a reception
- 1-3pm, a hop growers forum discussion with a panel of 2 commercial hop growers from Wisconsin
Tickets are $45 per attendee. Order tickets online at http://2013hops.eventbrite.com/#.
Simple Earth Hops operates a 1/4 acre hopyard which is used for education, research, and demonstration. It is located on Wisconsin Hwy 23, 1/2 mile north of Governor Dodge State Park at Greenspirit Farm CSA in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
The small scale community based commercial hopyard is planted with many varieties of hops and was founded on the idea of sharing (with local agricultural entrepreneurs) the economic opportunity that growing hops can provide a much needed local food product for local craft brewers.
Simple Earth Hops was established to demonstrate that local farmers can produce a consistent, sustainable supply of high quality hops by working directly with local craft brewers while still maintaining a focus on ecology, the land and the people involved.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) FNC09-748, Fostering Local Sustainability: Establishing Commercial Hops for Upper-Midwest Craft Brewers .