Grant Award: $3,000 — Diversifying to Hops Farming
Mark is diversifying his small-scale cattle operation with 450 hop plants to supply area microbreweries and home brewers with a locally grown product to use in beer production. He is using a trellis system that combines both vertical and horizontal growth.
The portion of land where the hops will grow was previously in hay and corn. Mark plans to invite home brewers to the farm to pick their own hops.