Ontario Hop Growers Association Membership and Educational Forum – May 26, 2012

On Saturday May 26th, 2012, the Ontario Hop Growers Association will be having it’s first Membership and Educational Forum.  The forum will run from 11 am to 7 pm at Wind Dance Stable & Farm, the farm of hop grower Larry Roche, located at 1166 North Big Island Road Prince Edward County.  The following is an outline of speakers and events for the day:

11:00 am: Welcome/Opening remarks from the OHGA president

  • Overview of OHGA status – Constitution/Incorporation
  • Meet the OHGA executive body
  • Membership Logo Contest
  • OHGA 2012 events agenda

11:30 am: Educational Seminars (3 – 90 minute sessions)

Session 1 – Soils and soil management – from soil testing to cover crops, Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA

Session 2 – Pest management for hops, Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA

Session 3 – Hop Yard & Processing Facility Tour, Larry Roche, Hop Grower

Q & A opportunity, plus open discussions in the field amongst hop growers.  Topics covered will include:

  • Harvesting Rhizomes – Hugh Brown, Hop Grower
  • Trellis Structures – Shane Eby,  Hop Grower
  • Stringing of Bines – Nicholas Schault, Hop Grower
  • Irrigation – Evan Elford, OMAFRA

4:30 pm – Logo Contest Winner Announced

4:45 pm – Closing Remarks

5:00 pm – Craft Beer Tasting

5:30 pm – Potluck and BBQ

OHGA will be providing hamburgers and sausages for the group.  Please Note: We are asking each participant to bring the following items:

  • Reusable plates/utensils/glasses
  • Chair(s)
  • Some food to share – a salad (compound or tossed) and/or a dessert
  • Something to drink
  • Mid-­day snack
  • A cooler for your food and drink
  • Sunscreen and a hat (for warm weather)
  • Umbrella and warm clothes (for rainy weather)

IMPORTANT: The OHGA does not encourage drinking and driving, so if you plan on participating in the craft beer tasting, please do so responsibly. The proprietor of the farm  has offered an area for OHGA members to camp; so if you think you might be imbibing too many glasses of beer, you are more than welcome to stay. If you do plan on camping, please remember to bring the appropriate equipment with you (IT WILL NOT BE PROVIDED). Please RSVP by Wednesday May 23 to the Ontario Hop Growers Association  ontariohopgrowersassociation@gmail.com

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