Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NCSU presents "Growing Hops in Western NC" Workshop


 
North Carolina State University presents
“Growing Hops in Western NC”

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center,
455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759
Directions
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
 
Can you make money growing hops for the all the breweries moving into the region? What does it cost to set up a hop yard? What varieties should you plant? Learn from researchers, extension personnel, experienced commercial hop growers, and brewers about the opportunities and challenges with hops production in the Southeast. Growers will share their experiences with growing and selling hops, a brewer will explain what breweries want, and NC State faculty will tell you what they’ve learned about varieties, diseases, insects, soil fertility, and the economics of production based on over six years of experience working with growers and three years of field research.  The workshop will finish up with a tour of the research hop yard.

Speakers will include researchers, growers, and a brewer: Jeanine Davis and Kelly Gaskill who conduct the NCSU hops research project, Rita Pelczar and John Wright of Blue Ridge Hops, Ryan Holmes of Holmes Brothers Hops, Stacey from Echoview Farms, and John Stuart of Green Man Brewery in Asheville. 

AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST SPEAKER HAS AGREED TO JOIN US AND GIVE A SHORT PRESENTATION. HE HAS MORE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HOPS THAN PROBABLY ALL THE REST OF US COMBINED IN THE ROOM WILL HAVE!!

If you plan to attend please help us get a head count by sending an email to Kelly_Gaskill@ncsu.edu or call her at 828-684-3562 ext. 250.  This isn't a pre-registration, we just need to have an idea of how many chairs to set up and how much coffee to make.  Remember to bring cash or checks. We won't have a way to process credit cards.

We also have some coir string available. Talk to us if you are interested.

For information on our hops project visit http://nchops.soil.ncsu.edu/ . This workshop is being organized by Jeanine Davis and Kelly Gaskill.

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