Hops finds a home in WNC soil and economy

out hopsA free program on “The Business of Growing Hops” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Haywood Community College.

Spurred on by the demands of a burgeoning craft brewing industry and hype for locally grown ingredients, WNC farmers are experimenting with hops (Humulus lupulus) as an alternative crop.

This seminar will provide an overview of hops growing business and provide a networking opportunity for local hops growers. Explore the seasonal processes of hop cultivation and marketing strategies for the developing hops industry. Hops growers will discuss tools and information to optimize efforts and harvest.

The presenter is Heidi Dunkelberg, who’s been growing hops in the Beaverdam community of Canton for five years. She currently grows seven different varieties of hops and has developed a unique way of trellis hop growing. Her passion in hop growing is infectious and she is excited to help others get started in the business of growing hops.

Sponsored by the HCC Small Business Center. Free, but preregister by calling 828.627.4512.

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