We are excited to see the high level of interest in hops growing from people in Maine and all over the Northeast! We hope the enthusiasm continues as we strive to develop a thriving hops industry in Maine.
We are currently getting 3-4 requests a week for on-site visits. We regret that we are not able to accommodate individual requests – we simply don’t have enough time. We have regular day jobs, two small children, and all our other time is spent working as much as we can in the hopyard! We do have a lot of information and experience to share, though, and are happy to answer as many questions as we can via email – please use the contact form below.
We have welcomed hops picking volunteers over two separate weekends in the past (last weekend of August, first weekend of September) and will post more information on the harvest closer to harvest season. We may host a separate hops farm field day later in the summer to allow interested people to come out and see hops growing up close. Check back here and on Facebook for more information.
Also, there are a few great resources out there for those interested in growing hops that we have found to be invaluable. The Hops team at the UVM extension has a wonderful page with ever updating information on all aspects of hops production. The Northeast Hops Alliance (NeHA) is associated with Cornell’s cooperative extension, and has a wealth of information available. Finally, the original “bible” of small-scale organic hops production (the only information available when we started long ago!) is available on Rebecca Kneen’s website.