Three questions to ask yourself before starting a hop growing operation:
1. Why are you considering starting a hop farm? What is your motivation? Hops are cool, right? Growing great quality, high yielding hops is work. It takes a significant investment to get started. If you just want to grow several plants for your homebrewed beer, stop here, but if you want to grow hops to supply the local craft breweries in your neighborhood, keep reading.
2. Where would you like to see your hop farm in 5, 10 or 20 years from today? As a commercial hop grower, you will quickly realize that growing one or two acres of hops will not make you enough money to pay back your investment. You will need a business plan that includes expanding your hop growing operation to many more acres in a reasonable amount of time. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
3. What would you do if your hop farm fails? While no one wants to talk about it, growing hops is an enterprise that can fail. If that happens, do you have a Plan B? It is highly recommended. #growmorehops #growhops
Keep on hoppin! Lee Jennings