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Smith Rock Hop Farm
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Growing hops for the craft beer industry
Growing hops for the craft beer industry

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Boy are we excited! 2017 is going to be the year of working smarter, not harder.
After much investigation, research, and speaking with dozens of hop farmers from across the country, we decided on harvester.

We just placed an order for the Wolverine Air-1. A huge thanks to Patrick for answering many questions and several phone calls. We'll be seeing him in August when he personally delivers the machine.

The photo below is from a 2014 presentation by the University of Vermont.
#hopharvest #hops #CentralOregon #FreshHops #brewing #craftbeer
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8/12/17
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This latest The Bulletin article, this time in Central Oregon Living, discusses more deeply our farm's story and the connection between hard work, local ingredients, and the finished product.

It all started with a vision, and takes a team of wonderful people who share that vision to make it happen. Here's to our 4th season of growing hops, and our first year of brewing!
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Tightening the hop yard trellis cable by using a 2-ton come along.
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1st round of poles delivered yesterday. (26) 22' lodge pole pine. This is one of four deliveries that will be made this year. Six will go in the ground in time for the 2015 planting of rhizomes. The other 89 will be installed over the course of the next six months and be ready for the 2016 season. 

#hopfarm #hops #centraloregon #smithrock
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Just found this great shot of Lisa at Worthy Brewing pouring fresh hops into the new Oast that dad and I built over the summer. Oast = multi-tray hop drying rack (or drying area of some sort)

#hops #hopharvest #craftbeer 
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And a four pole, 24ft trellis with the anchor lines removed, 2"x6" horizontal beams replacing the 1"x1" pieces, and adding diagonal supports.

This is a great way to screen your neighbors and offer a beautiful backdrop to your front or backyard. #hopharvest #growinghops #hopfarm
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A new 15ft long double-pole trellis design. Using the same material as the single pole design, this works well along a back fence without letting bines creep into your neighbor's yard.

Extendable by removing one set of diagonal anchor rope and adding another pole 15ft down the line. #hopharvest   #hopfarm   #growinghops  
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This is what hop farmers do in the winter:

- Dream of 20ft tall hop bines blowing in the summer breeze
- Organize a regional hop growers co-op
- Build tiny models of hop trellises
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This is what hop farmers do in the winter:

- Dream of 20ft tall hop bines blowing in the summer breeze
- Organize a regional hop growers co-op
- Build tiny models of hop trellises
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Worked up this single-pole hop trellis design for an interested local looking to dip her toe into growing hops. Only 10 feet high, my next version will show a 12ft+ tall center pole with a pulley system to get at the full growth bines. 

#hopfarm #hopharvest #hoptrellis
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