The newly formed Simple Earth Hops in Dodgeville, WI is opening up the hopyard for a Spring activities workshop presented by Matt Sweeny.
Attendance to this free ticketed Wisconsin hopyard event does require registration (except for Charlie) and runs from 11am to around 2pm on Saturday, May 21st, 2011.
This hands-on workshop will show you the Spring time annual maintenance in the hopyard and yes, we will be getting our hands dirty! Be prepared to learn about training hop bines and stringing the hop trellis. This free event is limited to ONLY 40 tickets.
- work gloves
- warm-ish clothes
- your wide-brimmed learning hat
- a sack lunch or $10 cash for lunch
- a beer or two to sip
When & Where
Simple Earth Hops
Simple Earth Hops operates a 1/4 acre sustainable hopyard which is used for education, research and demonstration and 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. Currently, hops are available in very limited local markets and are mainly available from a controlling group of hop brokers [read: oligopoly] who operate hop mega-farms located in the Pacific Northwest (USA), China, Europe, New Zealand and from other far away growing regions [read: not local].
Simple Earth Hops was established to demonstrate that local farmers can produce a consistent, sustainable supply of ultra high quality hops by working directly with local craft brewers while still maintaining a focus on ecology, the land and the people involved.