Friday, January 17, 2014

Growing Hops in the Southeast Workshop near Charlottesville, VA

(this is basically cut and pasted from the Eventbrite page for the workshop)
Growing Hops in the Southeast
February 11, 2014  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rockfish Valley Community Center

This daylong workshop will provide growers with the knowledge they need to be successful.  We will be covering all aspects of establishment, growing, management and marketing hops.  Our speakers are the most experienced hop growers in the southeast and this workshop will provide valuable information for everyone from the experienced grower wanting to take their production to the next level to the beer and hop enthusiast with a few plants in the backyard. See the details of the presenters and workshop topics below. 
Register on-line at: Eventbrite and save a few dollars.
Registration will begin at 8:00 am.  The workshops start at 9:00 and lunch will provided.  The day will conclude with a talk and tour of the Blue Mountain Brewery by owner and head brewer Taylor Smack on local hops from a brewer's perspective.  For more information about this workshop contact event organizer Stan Driver at
Dr. Jeanine M. Davis, North Carolina State University: An Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University and the University's Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extenstion Center, Dr. Davis and her staff maintain a trial hopyard at the Mills River Research near Asheville, N.C. She also works with hop growers in that region to develop management practices. She reguarly presents programs to educate and advise growers. She is the go to person in the southeast. We are grateful for her time presenting here.                       
Stan DriverStan Driver, Commercial Grower, HootnHollerHops: Stan began growing hops as a homebrewer and when Blue Mountain Brewery came to Nelson County in 2007 he knew he had a market and planted 50 crowns in the backyard. In 2009 Blue Mountain brewery asked him to replant and expand their hopyard and his business grew from there. Stan now manages and consults numerous hopyards. Stan is also the founding chairman of the Old Dominion Hops Co-operative works to expand hops production throughout the region
Julie Jensen, Owner, Echoview Farm: Julie Jensen is the owner/developer of Echoview Farm in the Blueridge Mountains of Weaverville, North Carolina.  Through Echoview she is creating a model for sustainable, community-oriented, agricultural enterprises for Western North Carolina and beyond.  Echoview Farm has been growing hops for seven years, specializing in dry hops for local breweries, and has recently added a bine picker and pelletizer.  Julie recieved a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College, a JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a LL.M. in taxation from Temple University.
Countryside Organics: Countryside Organics is a local company committed to the Virginia biological farmer, organic farmer and healthy small flock and backyard grower with soy-free,certified organic feeds, mineral mixes for livestock and hundreds of products for organic gardening and farming.  They are continually working to encourage and facilitate the conversion of conventional farmland to organic. A representative of Countryside Organics will cover proper soil sampling techniques and recommended soil ammendments for a range of soil types as well as provide an overview of their product line.
Taylor Smack, Owner/Head Brewery, Blue Mountain Brewery & Blue Mountain Barrelhouse Brewery: Taylor opened Blue Mountain Brewery in 2007 and from the beginning has been one of the most significant advocates for growing local hops.  Upon opening Blue Mountain Brewery 6 years ago he established one of the first commercial hopyards in Virginia at the brewery in Afton.  His emphasis on high-quality, local hops resulted in recieving a silver medal for a wet hopped belgian style beer, Blue Reserve at the 2012 World Beer Cup.
Laura SiegleLaura Siegle, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Amelia County - Laura will be presenting on the use of pesticides and pest management practices for hop growers.  She will cover good pesticide management practices, basic laws about applying pesticides,information about growing organic hops, organic approved pesticides, and information for applicators about pesticide certification.  She will be joined by Dr Mizuho Nita of Virginia Tech's Agricultural Research and Extension Center who will connect with growers about a proposed Pest Management Guide for Virginia Hop Growers.
No paper tickets are required for this event.  Tickets will be available at the door for $70.00.  We are unable to offer refunds if you register and are unable to attend this event, but tickets are transferable by notifying event organizer Stan Driver at  In the case of inclement weather registered attendees will be notified by email and the workshop will be rescheduled.

Master Brewers Conference in Delaware

Thought this conference might be of interest to some of my readers. It is a brewers conference, but the program includes a hops breeder and presentations on hop quality and the world supply of hops.

Master Brewers Association of America
2014 Eastern Technical Conference
Districts: Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia, and New York

Friday 3.14.14
9a-12p:  Brewery Tours @ Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton, DE (Transportation Not Provided)
1p-5p:   Technical Presentations @
Atlantic Sands Hotel
               Hop Breeding in the Genomic Era - Dr. Paul Matthews (Hopsteiner)
               Supply Demand Pressure on World Hop Supply - Don Bryant (Hop Union)
   Hop Quality Evaluation and Selection- Tim Kostelecky (Haas)
6p-8p:    Dinner @ Atlantic Sands Hotel

Saturday 3.15.14
7a-8:30a: Breakfast @ Atlantic Sands Hotel
9a-12p:    Technical Presentations @
Atlantic Sands Hotel
                Quality Systems for Breweries - Ben Chambers (Flying Dog)
                Novel Image Cytometric Method for Detection of Physiological and Metabolic Changes in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae - Leo Chan (Nexcelom)
               Development of Barley Varieties for the Craft Brewing Industry - Dr. Richard Horsley (NDSU)
12p-1p:  Lunch @ Atlantic Sands Hotel
1p-4p:    Technical Presentations @
Atlantic Sands Hotel
4p-6p: Hospitality @ Atlantic Sands Hotel
Atlantic Sands Hotel
101 North Boardwalk
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Book by phone using ID 7202 and MBAA Eastern Technical Conference by 2/10/14 to get the following group rates:
$99 single/double occupancy
$114 triple occupancy
$129 quadruple occupancy
Group rates are not available online, you must book by phone.

EARLY BIRD: $79 MBAA members/$99 non-members by 1/10/14
REGULAR: $110 MBAA members/$130 non-members by 2/10/14
PROCRASTINATOR: $145 MBAA members/$165 non-members after 2/10/14

  • Registration fees include: dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
  • Non-members must click the "create a new account" option at the login. You will not be required to join MBAA.
  • Registration can only be submitted online.  It is not possible to register at the meeting.
  • Registration is nonrefundable (we organize and pay for meals in advance, based on registrations).
  • Please report any problems with online registrations to
  • Please contact if you have questions about the meeting. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Biodynamic Cooperative Farm Workshop

Event:  Biodynamic Cooperative Farm Workshop

Purpose:  Explore the growing demand for Biodynamic produce and strategies to take advantage of this demand through cooperative business models

When: Monday, January 27, 2014, 1 pm to 5 pm

Where: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

How the changing food regulations are creating a new market opportunity
Latest on new demand for Biodynamic produce (Whole Foods, Amy’s Kitchen, etc)
Examples of farmer cooperatives
A workshop on how to form a farmer cooperative
Coordinate next steps for interested farmers for meeting in last week of February

Sponsors:  NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program, Jeanine Davis, NC State University
Demeter USA
Ownership Appalachia

Cost: Free, but please reserve a space by emailing

Contact For more information: Erin Agostinelli,
Day of event/ bad weather plans: Thomas Choate, 512-296-0634