Hops Growing Class Scheduled for October 28 in Asheville

Plan to join us in this class on growing hops that we are offering in cooperation with the Bionetwork. I know there is a lot of interest from people interested in growing on a hobby and commercial scale,  so here is a chance for people to learn from our research and from some of our most experienced NC hop growers.  Speakers will be Jeanine Davis and Kelly Gaskill from NCSU who manage the hops research program; Rita Pelczar and John Wright of Blue Ridge Hops in Madison County; and Highland Brewery.

Event: Growing Hops for Brewing
When: October 28
Where: A-B Tech, Enka Campus in Haynes 200 (Large Conference Room)
Time: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $53.70, includes lunch
Pre-registration required: http://hopsforbrewing.eventbrite.com

This class will give the hops grower and home brewer tools to optimize the quality, yield, and value of their harvest. We will look into the entire life cycle of hops production, from growing to marketing, and what brewers look for when purchasing. Topics will include: the current demand for locally grown hops; costs and returns; insect and disease management; optimal nutrients; and marketing suggestions. We'll also hear from an experienced local grower and brewer who will each provide their unique perspective from inside the industry.

The class will move to Highland Brewing Company at 3:00 for a tour of their facilities and a homebrewing discussion, transportation not provided.

This course is provided in collaboration with faculty from NC State University's Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center.

Registration includes lunch!

Held at A-B Tech, Enka in Haynes 200 (Large Conference Room)

Click here for directions.

Have questions? Contact the BioNetwork at biobusinessclasses@ncbionetwork.org or call 828-398-7943.

Here is the agenda:

8:30-8:45         Introductions, outline for the day-J. Davis
8:45-9:00         Background info-why all the interest-J.Davis
9:00-10:15       Hops 101: How to grow hops-J.Davis and K.Gaskill
10:15-10:30     Break
10:30-11:45     Growing organic hops: A grower’s perspective-R.Pelczar and J.Wright
11:45-12:30     Economics and marketing-R.Pelczar, J.Wright, and J.Davis
12:30-1:30       Lunch
1:30-2:30         Open discussion about how to get started, sharing experiences
2:30-3:00         Wrap up, evaluation
3:30-4:30         Highland Brewery-home brewing will be covered there



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